On Wednesday, David Chipman told lawmakers that he supports a ban on AR-15 assault rifles.
Chipman faced criticism from Republican senators about his previous remarks advocating for gun control.
“The AR-15 is one of, if not the most popular rifle in America. It’s not a machine gun, it’s a rifle,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. “Your public position is that you want to ban AR-15s, is that correct?”
WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz gets Joe Biden’s ATF Director nominee David Chipman to admit that he wants to BAN the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America.
“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban.” pic.twitter.com/6nDgalAkRj
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 26, 2021
Chipman is notoriously anti-gun and should never be confirmed as Biden’s ATF Director:
The video below from 2018 is of Buck Sexton questioning Biden’s current ATF nominee on if the government should regulate the AR just like a machine gun. The nominee is an anti-gun zealot who has been involved with anti-gun organizations in the past.
Transcript and video below of the exchange between Chipman and Sexton:
BUCK SEXTON: The AR is the AR rifle platform and telling people they have to turn it in.
CHIPMAN: What I support is treating them just like machine guns
BUCK: So that’s a yes, right. I mean, you have to get a special, very special, and hard to get federalists the government does not. Very few people have machine guns.
CHIPMAN: Well, right now, millions of firearms registered under the national firearms act have been lawfully owned by Americans since the 1930s. To me, if you want to have a weapon of war, the same gun that was issued to me as a member of ATF SWAT team, it makes sense that you would have to pass a background check. The gun would have to be in your name, and there would be a picture and fingerprints on file. Like, to me, I don’t mind doing that if I want to buy a gun. These policies just protect the criminal like I don’t think you should be able to anonymously purchase 20 AR-15s at one time, and the government should know.
BUCK: So, the AR is the most popular semi-automatic rifle in the country. So the people that have ARs would have to get government permission to continue to own it and or give it in.
CHIPMAN: Yeah, the same government permission, which is a background check. I mean, I think when you say government permission, we have to be clear what that is. The same permission, I guess, I have to go through when I buy a gun which is just to prove you’re not a criminal. So yeah, if that’s what you’re calling permission, I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all that you have to pass a passive background check to own a way to get it fully automatic it’s you have to pay a big fee what’s and then to go through a federal background check to get 200. It’s the same fee that was charged in 1930.
Watch it here: GOP War Room/Youtube