The Arizona House of Representatives issued a proclamation in opposition to the Biden Administration’s nomination of Mark Chipman to serve as the chairman of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Chipman worked for the ATF for 22 years before leaving to join gun regulation advocacy groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Law Center Campaign.
Chipman was questioned by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), to whom he expressed his interest to “ban all assault rifles”. He defined assault rifles as any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22, citing current ATF definitions. In a later exchange with Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), Chipman said he was unable to define an assault weapon.
Chipman has been known to make controversial statements regarding gun owners and firearm restrictions. The Biden nominee once said that, “(new gun owners) might think they are die-hard, ready-to-go, but unfortunately, they’re more like Tiger King and they’re putting themselves and their families in danger”.
It is unclear how, if at all, this resolution might impact the vote of Sens. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to confirm Chipman, however resolutions like these passed by Republicans across the nation continue to put pressure on the razor thin (and marginally fractioned) Democratic coalition in the U.S. Senate.
Calvin Delgado is the southern Arizona correspondent for the Western Tribune.