Reporting by Colonel (Dr.) Val Finnell
A vote on the nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been delayed until Thursday, June 24 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Screen snip, YouTube, Sen. Mike Lee)
U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed voting on the nomination of retired federal agent-turned-gun control advocate David Chipman one week, until Thursday, June 24, and during that time, grassroots Second Amendment activists are expected to be flooding Capitol Hill with messages of opposition.
“Between now and next Thursday,” suggested Jason Ouimet, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, “(gun owners) ought to be contacting their Senators. They don’t want a partisan person like David Chipman running ATF.”
Ouimet spoke with AmmoLand News via telephone, expressing alarm that a nominee with Chipman’s background would be considered for the job of running the government’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. NRA has opposed the Chipman nomination from the beginning, stating, “Chipman has a long history of gun control advocacy that disqualifies him from leading the agency charged with enforcing federal gun laws.”
“The person who runs ATF ought to be somebody who can put politics aside, work with industry, gun owners and law enforcement,” Ouimet said.
Chipman, however, has worked for the gun prohibition lobby in the years since retiring from the ATF, which is responsible for enforcing the nation’s federal gun control laws.
Ouimet indicted calls to the Capitol have been heavy, and he said NRA has been concentrating attention on senators in certain states.
Earlier this week, Gun Owners of America provided an online avenue to oppose Chipman’s nomination. At the same time, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms offered the Capitol switchboard telephone number (202) 224-3121 for gun owners who prefer making a personal call to the offices of their two senators.
Ouimet suggested placing calls and sending messages specifically to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee’s direct line is (202) 224-7703:
Messages for Committee Chairman Dick Durbin could also be called directly to his office at (202) 224-2152, and Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley at (202) 224-3744.
The Senate will break for a couple of weeks in late June through July 12, Ouimet noted. During that period, when senators are at home meeting with constituents, grassroots activists can set up face-to-face meetings or attend “town hall” gatherings. Watch your local newspaper for information on such events.
Quimet expects a solid party-line vote in the Judiciary Committee, which is evenly divided with 11 members from each side of the aisle. It is when, or if, the nomination gets to the full Senate where each vote will hang in the balance, and a tie would be decided by Democrat Kamala Harris, in her role as president of the Senate.
Adding to the drama, Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene this week introduced H.R. 3960, which would abolish the ATF. Text of the legislation was not available when AmmoLand News checked on the measure Friday online.
In a statement quoted by the Washington Examiner, Greene observed, “The ATF’s unconstitutional war on gun owners and our Second Amendment rights must end.”
About Dave Workman
Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.
Dan Wos, Author of – Good Gun Bad Guy
Dan Wos, Author of – Good Gun Bad Guy
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WASHINGTON, D.C. –-(Ammoland.com)-Gun Owners of America, along with 3D printing pioneers Defense Distributed and unfinished frame distributor JSD Supply, issued an open letter to President Biden. (embedded below)
According to Politico, the Biden administration is weighing several anti-gun moves it is planning on making to appease Bloomberg-backed anti-gun groups. One measure the Biden administration is planning on making is to make buyers of unfinished frames and unfinished receivers undergo a background check. Experts question whether or not the President of the power to enact such a rule.
The letter questions Biden’s Domestic Policy Advisor, Susan Rice, and Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond’s decision to hold an anti-gun summit with rabid anti-firearms leaders from groups like Moms Demand Action, Gifford’s, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Brady.
According to the letter, the organizers refused to invite pro-gun groups like GOA.
The letter points out that by excluding pro-gun groups from the discussions, the administration blocked input from millions of American gun owners. The letter states that these Americans are law-abiding citizens that would be the target of any change.
The three organizations remind Biden that there is “no federal prohibition on the manufacturing of a firearm for personal use.” The letter cites the GCA [Gun Control Act of 1968] as further proof that Biden can not require background checks for items that are not considered firearms.
The letter cites Biden’s own Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) long-held opinion that these items do not meet the definition of a “firearm.” The ATF confirmed its interpretation of an unfinished receiver in January, where it insists Congress is the only one that can change of meaning of a gun.
It further cites a motion to dismiss filed by the ATF on November 30, 2020, in the case involving California. California has sued the ATF over its definition of a firearm. Anti-gun groups have teamed up with the extremist state to attack American’s right to build their own guns. The parties are still battling it out in the courts.
The groups go onto point out that no number of unregulated parts thrown together in a box can “magically transform a non-firearm into a ‘firearm’ or a ‘handgun.’” The letter once again cites the definition of a gun as defined under the GCA. The coalition asks the Biden administration to respect the “respect the Bill of Rights amended to our Constitution and refrain from infringing on the rights of gun owners—whether enumerated or ancillary.”
GOA, Def. Dist., JSD Supply Request on Behalf of Law-Abiding Owners of Non-Firearm Receiver Blanks
The letter goes even further, stating that “gun owners and manufacturers reasonably fear the consequences of arbitrary criminalization through potential Executive Action.” It points out that someone who purchases an unfinished frame might unknowingly be breaking the law if the definition is changed.
The letter reads: “ATF investigations and raids are conducted by armed federal agents. When this occurs at private homes, the person who answers the door may be the person who bought or manufactured the arbitrarily criminalized material, or maybe the wife or husband or child or parent or grandparent of the purchaser, who has no idea why armed federal agents are demanding.”
The letter further discusses the dangers to the ATF agents trying to serve warrants to Americans that own so-called “ghost guns.” A lot of things can go wrong when a law enforcement agency serves a warrant. The dangers are both for the targets of the warrant and the officers serving the warrant.
The group statement ends with: “The ATF should not engage in the partisan and reckless business of making lawful items unlawful, making lawful companies guilty of felonious behavior, and making lawful purchasers at risk of being visited by armed government agents, all over property that the ATF itself said was lawful to manufacture, sell, and possess.”
Biden hasn’t acted on his promise to attack the Second Amendment, but signs are pointing to the war on our rights are about to begin.
About John Crump
John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.