Biden ATF nominee made questionable statements about suppressors, automatic weapons

Gun control advocates have praised the nomination of Chipman, who was an ATF special agent for 25 years and currently serves as senior policy adviser to gun violence prevention group Giffords, highlighting the significance of the ATF director’s role in enforcing gun laws.

Gun rights advocates, on the other hand, have expressed alarm at Chipman’s stances on gun-related topics, including suppressors and assault weapons.

“Anyone who has worked in law enforcement for as long as I have will tell you that silencers were not designed to protect hearing, they were designed to make it difficult for people to identify the sound of gunfire and locate active shooters,” Chipman said in a 2017 statement.

Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), a gun violence prevention group where Chipman previously served, said in a 2017 tweet opposing the Hearing Protection Act that earplugs protect gun owners better than silencers. 

Gun suppressors tweet (Twitter)

Gun suppressors tweet (Twitter)

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