The National Shooting Sports Foundation was quick to respond to Toomey’s announcement:
“On behalf of the firearm and ammunition industry, the 13,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians whose jobs depend on the firearm industry, millions of lawful Pennsylvania gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, we thank Senator Pat Toomey for his strong and principled stand to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans. This decision protects the men and women of the ATF working hard each day to carry out their critical mission,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President, and General Counsel. “David Chipman’s nomination is clearly a move to politicize the ATF. Confirming a gun control lobbyist as director would not only do irreversible damage to ATF’s mission but it would also harm the cooperative relationship between our industry members and ATF.”
Chipman retired after a 25-year career in the ATF and then served as a senior policy advisor for Everytown and Giffords anti-gun groups.
In testimony before the Senate, Chipman has said he wants to ban ARs, the country’s most popular rifle.
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