WATCH: Biden’s ATF nominee can’t define what assault weapons are
The Biden administration’s nominee for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wouldn’t give the Senate Judiciary Committee a definition of assault weapons. Nominee David Chipman faced off with Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) during the hearing Wednesday.
“I’ve got 35 seconds left, define it for me would you please sir?” Kennedy asked. “What’s an assault weapon?”
Chipman cited the bill to ban assault weapons, saying it’s dozens of pages long. “There’s no way I could define an assault weapon,” he said.
“You’re going to run this agency and you don’t have a definition of assault weapon?” Kennedy asked.
“But I would be enforcing the definition that Members of Congress pass,” Chipman said.
“If you won’t answer my question how can I vote for you?” Kennedy said.
In fact, the Senate hasn’t agreed on a single nominee for this position for the last 15 years. There have only been acting directors all this time.
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