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Blumenthal Statement on the Reported Nomination of David Chipman to be ATF Director

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to reports that David Chipman, a senior advisor at Giffords and a former federal special agent, will be nominated to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):

“I am thrilled by the news that David Chipman will be nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). David’s extensive law enforcement experience, including twenty-five years at the agency he’s been nominated to lead, is exactly what ATF needs after six years without a permanent director. David has not only served on the front-lines in the fight against gun violence, he knows the policies of prevention backwards and forwards. ATF needs permanent leadership, having had only one Senate-confirmed director since 2006. I look forward to quick Senate action on this nomination.”