Biden set to nominate gun-control advocate as next ATF head: report

President Biden is set to nominate an official from a top gun-control group to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a report said Wednesday, as the commander-in-chief looks to tamp down mass shootings across the country.

David Chipman, a former ATF special agent now serving as a senior policy adviser at Giffords — an advocacy group founded by former congresswoman and mass-shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords — will get the nod, two sources familiar with Biden’s thinking told The Washington Post.

A Detroit native, Chipman previously spent 25 years with ATF, and is an expert on topics including ghost guns and assault weapons, according to a profile on Giffords’ website.

If confirmed, Chipman would be the first Senate-approved leader appointed to the ATF since 2013.

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Chipman is a former ATF special agent that is now a senior policy adviser at the advocacy group Giffords.
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Biden is expected to formally announce Chipman’s nomination on Thursday, as part of a larger group of executive actions on firearms safety, The Washington Post reported.

The move comes as Biden has, like Republican and Democratic presidents before him, vowed action to curb America’s epidemic of gun violence.

Last month, a gunman shot up three Atlanta-area spas, striking nine people, eight of them fatally.

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Less than a week later, another shooter opened fire at a Boulder, Colo. supermarket, killing 10 people including a responding police officer.

Gun Display Stands. Pistols for sale in the store.
There have been mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado over the last month.
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Following the second shooting, a “devastated” Biden called on Congress to take immediate action to limit access to guns, including a ban on assault weapons — vowing to take executive action if they failed to do so.

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