Washington, 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):
 
“Meaningful 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.”
 

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