WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday on whether to advance the appointment of gun control lawyer David Chipman, the choice of President Joe Biden to head the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from the Department of Justice.
The ATF will play a pivotal role in Biden’s pledge to quell a wave of violent crime and rising shootings. Chipman, who has more than two decades of experience as an ATF agent, is expected to face opposition from Republicans on the panel who oppose his views, including in favor of a gun ban. ‘assault.
The U.S. Senate is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, making it likely the vote for Chipman’s nomination could be tied on the panel, just as the committee remained split over two of the other Department of Justice candidates. Biden Justice: Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke.
A tie will force Senate Democrats to overcome some procedural hurdles to move her nomination forward, but it’s not an insurmountable hurdle.
The work is so politically charged that the Senate has confirmed only one candidate for the post of director of the ATF in the past 15 years. The other ATF leaders served on an interim basis, which made it more difficult to put in place a sustainable and meaningful policy.
The administration is seeking to regulate self-assembled “ghost guns” and stabilizer straps that can be attached to guns. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday pledged that the ATF will redouble its efforts to revoke the licenses of gun dealers who do not check their background or assist law enforcement in search for weapons used in crimes; who falsify records or sell firearms to those prohibited from owning them, or refuse to submit to ATF compliance inspections.
Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by David Gregorio