Biden's planned pick for ATF director a fierce advocate for gun control
April 08, 2021 at 00:23
Washington (CNN) David Chipman, President Joe Biden's planned nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives , has a long history at the agency and sports credentials in gun control advocacy sure to excite firearm safety groups.
The President plans to announce new executive actions on guns Thursday, a person familiar with the plans said.
Longtime ATF special agentChipman, if confirmed, would return to the agency where he worked for 25 years as a special agent.
He currently serves as a senior policy adviser at the organization led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who became a gun control advocate after being shot in 2011.
Chipman, a Detroit native, received an undergraduate degree from American University and a master's degree in management from Johns Hopkins University.
The ATF has been without a permanent director since 2015.
Gun control advocacyAfter leaving the ATF in 2012, Chipman became a senior adviser at Everytown for Gun Safety, where he was "consulted frequently" by lawmakers considering gun control legislation, according to his Linkedin.
Chipman then served as senior vice president of Public Safety Solutions for almost three years before arriving at Giffords as a senior policy adviser in 2016.
It's in these roles that Chipman's voice as a fierce advocate for gun control was elevated, as he frequently wrote op-eds and made media appearances to advance the cause.
And I can't think of a purpose, beyond killing a lot of people, for having it," he said.
"So if the debate is, should it be 10 or what have you, it can't be 100.
And so I think there's room where we can have progress, although we will not have perfection."