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Letter to the editor: Tester should reject ATF nominee

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Dear Sen. Jon Tester

President Biden’s nomination of pro-gun control lobbyist, David Chipman, to lead the ATF is greatly concerning. He wants “federal authorities” to take charge of a “national comprehensive” gun control approach that would supersede Montana’s gun laws. His intended pursuit of a partisan anti-gun agenda, instead of fulfilling the ATF’s mission of upholding the Constitution and the laws of the United States in pursuit of justice, is a real threat to all Americans.

Chipman’s ignorance of basic firearms mechanics is astounding, especially if he will have rulemaking authority over the manufacture and sale of firearms. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Chipman stated his intention for a ban of so-called “assault weapons.” However, when asked how he would define the term, he could not give a clear answer.

The ATF has an all-important role of preserving and protecting human life and public safety. With skyrocketing murder rates in cities across the nation and calls for “Defund the Police,” will someone like Mr. Chipman inspire confidence within the agency? Will he crack down on violent criminals and gangs rather than law-abiding gun owners? Given his history of anti-gun lobbying and political activism, can we have confidence that he will be an unbiased enforcer of current laws? An ATF director and leader should focus on the mission, not policy debates and punitive administrative actions.

Please vote “no” on David Chipman for ATF director. The citizens of Montana and our country are counting on you.

Cathy Wright

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

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