Daines: David Chipman’s Nomination is an Attack on Law-Abiding Gun Owners, Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE— U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate in defense of Montanans’ Second Amendment rights. Daines urged his colleagues to oppose President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), David Chipman.

Floor speech 

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Daines also urged the passage of the “ATF Accountability Act.”

Daines’ remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you to my friend and colleague Senator Braun for leading this important discussion on protecting the Second Amendment rights of Montanans and all Americans.

“Mr. President, today President Biden and Chuck Schumer are propping up yet another controversial nominee… one that far from unites us as Americans—rather another nominee that divides us further.

“We are witnessing a complete and utter disregard for our Constitution.

“The Constitution is clear, and now I know my Democratic colleagues may want to say otherwise but it’s clear where it says: ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’

“Montanans and the American people are guaranteed this right as protected in our Constitution.

“Despite this, we have seen President Biden and far Left Democrats abandon this right to fit their own gun grabbing agenda. 

“Their latest attack on the 2nd Amendment is the nomination of a registered anti-gun lobbyist, who has called for the ban of certain firearms, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

“The agency that oversees firearms. 

“Unbelievable… Putting David Chipman in charge of the ATF is like putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department.

“His hostile record towards the 2nd Amendment and law-abiding gun owners speaks loud and clear.

“If confirmed, Mr. Chipman would help the Democrats push their gun-grabbing agenda.

“We cannot allow the Left to continue this attack on our constitutional rights.

“David Chipman would be a disaster to the 2nd Amendment rights of Montanans and all Americans.

“The Senate must oppose Mr. Chipman’s nomination for the sake of protecting our Second Amendment rights.

“We must also pass commonsense legislation that protects the Second Amendment like Senator Braun’s ATF Accountability Act.

“I urge all of my colleagues to join me in opposing Mr. Chipman’s nomination to lead ATF and support passage of Senator Braun’s ATF Accountability Act.

“Mr. President, I yield back my time.” 



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