David Chipman—President Joe Biden‘s anticipated nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)—penned a January 24 opinion article declaring that the Structure’s Second Modification envisions firearms as being “properly regulated.”
Chipman’s article, printed in The Roanoke Occasions, criticized native governments in Virginia that responded to state legislative firearm reform efforts by declaring themselves as “Second Modification sanctuary” counties. These counties’ sheriffs and native officers claimed that the Structure allowed them to dam any legal guidelines that violated gun homeowners’ freedoms.
“The Second Modification envisions firearms as being ‘properly regulated,’ and particular person sheriffs aren’t entitled to determine whether or not a selected regulation is constitutional—that is the job of the courts,” Chipman wrote.
He stated that the state legislature’s proposed reforms would forestall violence slightly than take weapons from accountable, law-abiding homeowners. He additionally accused native sheriffs and officers of stoking fears, spreading lies and valuing “unregulated entry to weapons above the lives of their neighbors.”
The Second Modification states: “A properly regulated Militia, being essential to the safety of a free State, the appropriate of the folks to maintain and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Whereas some interpret the time period “properly regulated” to imply “able to preventing”, others argue that it means “managed or supervised to evolve to guidelines.”
Chipman’s anticipated nomination on Thursday will probably coincide with Biden’s plan to signal executive orders meant to address gun violence, following a wave of mass shootings.
Chipman’s nomination is very notable as a result of the ATF has not too long ago lacked constant management. The company, which enforces the nation’s gun legal guidelines, lacked a everlasting director for seven years earlier than B. Todd Jones was appointed into the place in 2013. Jones resigned in 2015. The company has lacked a everlasting chief ever since.
Chipman studied justice as an American College undergraduate and studied administration as a Johns Hopkins College grasp’s scholar.
A yr after graduating from American College, he started an almost 23-year profession on the ATF. Throughout that point, he labored as a particular agent accountable for ATF’s firearms packages and in addition as a member of the ATF division bearing similarity to particular weapons and ways (SWAT) groups in police departments. He additionally reportedly disrupted a Virginia firearms trafficking operation that provided unlawful weapons to New York Metropolis whereas working on the ATF.
After leaving the company, he labored for a yr and a month as a senior advisor for the municipal firearm reform advocacy group Everytown for Gun Security. He additionally labored practically three years as senior vice chairman of public security options for ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system.
For the final 5 years, Chipman has labored as a senior coverage advisor at Giffords, a gun violence prevention advocacy group.
Newsweek contacted the White Home for remark.