President Biden to appoint David Chipman, an adviser to the organization Gun Control Center founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to head the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco, Firearms and Expl.osifs, or ATF, according to two people with knowledge of the move.
The appointment of Mr. Chipman, former agent of the ATF - the besieged agency responsible for enforcing gun laws - comes after a recent spate of mass shootings and after weeks of pressure from the Giffords Group and other organizations to have Mr Biden choose a director.
While Mr. Chipman's selection is good news for gun control groups, few of the candidates proposed by Mr. Biden have faced to a better chance of confirmation in the Senate.
Sir. Chipman's earlier advocacy for a ban on assault weapons and other restrictions will make it difficult for him to muster the 51 votes needed for confirmation, and Senate Republicans have managed to block potential A.T.F. directors who wereent much more in tune with their pro-gun base.
Mr. Chipman, gun owner, spent 25 years in the office, on his SWAT team and working on high profile gun trafficking cases.
"You know, we " I'm lucky that, you know, Gabby was shot with a handgun ", a declared Mr. Chipman on a podcast in 2019, about 2011 attack on Ms Giffords in which she was shot in the head and six people died. He added that she would not have survived if she had been shot by an assault rifle.
La appointment is expected to be officially announced on Thursday, along with several other executive actions that Mr. Biden plans to take to combat the proliferation of gun violence this year.
The choice "is exactly what ATF needs after six years without a permanent director," said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat and supporter tighter gun regulations.
easy to complete.
According to two gun control activists in close contact with the administration, one of the main problems with choosing a director is that potential candidates are reluctant to sign for an appointment that is risk of falling into defeat.
A high profile figure in the study, Art Acevedo, the former chief of Houston police recentlyaccepted an offer to head the Miami Police Department.
Over the past two decades, Republicans, with the backing of conservative Democrats, have included cavaliers in expense bills intended to constrain the office , including limits on unannounced inspections of arms dealers, a ban on documenting inventories of armories and a special provision damaging that prevents the agency from digitizing its archives.
In 2006, the lawmaker allied with the NRA rs adopted a provision making the position of A.T.F. director, which was previously a political appointment, subject to Senate confirmation.
As a result, only one hasdirector, Obama nominee B. Todd Jones, has been confirmed for the past 15 years.
Former President Donald J. Trump withdrew the appointment of former senior police union official Chuck Canterbury after the candidate refused to totally exclude the expansion of background checks and other safeguards.
The appointment was reported earlier by Associated Press.