President Biden’s gun control measures are also expected to include appointing a gun control advocate to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The president is expected to name David Chipman as the next bureau chief, a White House official told CNN.
If confirmed, Chipman will lead the agency that enforces gun laws at a critical time in Biden’s start of tenure, as the president seeks further action on the issue following two shootings. deadly last month.
“I don’t have to wait a minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense action that will save lives in the future,” Biden said last month. The president plans to announce new executive actions on firearms on Thursday.
Chipman, if confirmed, would return to the agency where he worked for 25 years as a special agent.
While at the ATF, he “disrupted gun trafficking operations in Virginia that supplied illegal weapons to New York, was a member of the ATF version of SWAT, and was appointed special program officer. ATF guns, ”according to his bio on the Giffords website.
He is currently a senior policy adviser to the organization led by former congressman Gabby Giffords, who became a gun control advocate after being shot in 2011.
She hailed Chipman as “the perfect choice” for the director in a statement Wednesday.
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives needs a strong and experienced leader and I have no doubts that David Chipman will be just that. As a former special agent of the ATF, as of Day one, David will be able to solve the most pressing issues facing the office, including reducing gun violence in this country, ”said Giffords, who had represented a district in Arizona.
Chipman, originally from Detroit, received an undergraduate degree from the American University and a Masters of Management from Johns Hopkins University.
ATF has been without a permanent director since 2015.