D.C. – U.S.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement announcing his plan
to oppose David Chipman’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF):
progress on gun safety will only be possible when members of Congress and the
executive branch drop the politics and hyperbole and focus on the possible.
That likely will not happen if the ATF—the law enforcement agency tasked with
enforcing the nation’s firearm laws—cannot be impartial in carrying out its
duties. While I respect David Chipman’s nearly 25 years of experience as an ATF
agent, I fear that his subsequent vocal support for policies that limit the
rights of law-abiding gun owners and his past criticisms of those in the
firearm industry would compromise his ability to carry out ATF’s mission
effectively. As such, I am unable to support his nomination to lead the ATF.”