Today, the White House reportedly announced they will withdraw David Chipman’s nomination as ATF director due to bipartisan backlash over his support of gun control. The news comes months after Chipman, a former ATF special agent and current senior advisor to anti-gun group Giffords, was nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the agency.
The withdrawal is big news for the firearms industry, who feared Chipman would bring further restrictions upon firearms manufacturers, retailers and owners.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) tweeted about the news this morning, saying “This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens.”
Currently led by ATF Acting Director Marvin Richardson, it is unknown who may be nominated following Chipman.
This is a developing story, stay tuned for future updates.