NSSF: Polling Shows Pennsylvanians Oppose Chipman for ATF

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Nearly 6 out of 10 Pennsylvania voters oppose President Joe Biden’s nominee David Chipman to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). A survey conducted for the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, showed 58 percent of voters cannot support the gun control lobbyist to run the federal law enforcement bureau.

“This is compelling data Pennsylvania’s senators must consider when the Senate votes on whether to confirm Mr. Chipman to head the ATF,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Pennsylvanians clearly reject the nomination of David Chipman because they know it is wrong to politicize the ATF. The senators were elected to represent the interests of Pennsylvanians in Washington, D.C. They need to respect the clear wishes of their constituents and vote against this biased and unqualified nominee.”

The survey of 500 likely General Election voters was conducted June 24-26 and showed that when presented with the facts on Chipman’s false statements of .50-caliber rifles downing helicopters during the raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, allegations of racially-insensitive remarks toward fellow ATF agents, his intent to shut down firearm retailers and his comments denigrating first-time gun buyers as “preppers” for a “Zombie apocalypse,” support among respondents dropped by more than 10 percent.

The survey also revealed that strong support for Chipman’s confirmation dropped from 23 percent to just 12.6 percent and overall opposition to Chipman’s confirmation rose to 58 percent when likely Pennsylvania voters were presented with the same information.


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