President Biden will appoint David Chipman, adviser to a major gun control group, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an agency that plays a key role in the regulation of firearms

The White House announced Chipman’s appointment on Wednesday night, as Biden announced that the Justice Department would pursue new regulations targeting stabilizer devices and so-called ghost guns, weapons that can, in some cases, be assembled at home and run out of serial numbers

Chipman is a veteran of the ATF, where he spent 25 years as a Special Agent He currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor at Giffords, an organization that advocates for stricter gun laws and is led by former representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz, who was seriously injured in a mass shooting in 2011 As a member of the Giffords group, Chipman has pushed for greater regulation of phantom weapons

“David has spent his career in public service, fighting violent crime and striving to make our nation and communities safer As a responsible gun owner, enforcement professional Decorated Lawyer and Gun Safety Expert, David is the Perfect Choice for ATF Director”

While at ATF, Chipman disrupted gun trafficking conspiracies along the Iron Pipeline, a route used for smuggling weapons between the Southern states and New York, and served in the equivalent of the agency’s SWAT team

“The ATF is the key agency that enforces our gun laws, and it needs a senior director to do the job to the best of its ability,” says a fact sheet from the White House on initiatives

Chipman advocated for the federal government to strike a balance allowing law-abiding citizens to own firearms for self-defense, hunting and sport, while allowing law enforcement to prevent gun violence

In a 2019 hearing before the House Judiciary Committee following mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Chipman described this balance as a balance between “the rights of individuals and the rights of all Americans, and a human right not to be shot “

“The current armed violence crisis in our country has made two things clear: first, it is far too easy for violent people to get their hands on violent weapons,” he said. “Second, the American people overwhelmingly want Congress to act now to make their communities safer”

He added that while all guns can be dangerous in “the wrong hands”, some guns are particularly lethal and should be regulated more strictly.

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