Lightning Rod ATF Pick To Continue Fight Against Gun Policy


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NEW FROM THE TRACE: David Chipman won’t be leading the ATF, but he says his resolve was hardened by the contest for the nomination. In one of his first interviews since the president withdrew his appointment last month, Chipman told Brian Freskos of The Trace and UNITED STATES TODAYIt’s Nick Penzenstadler that he received little support from the White House or the Justice Department after a massive lobbying campaign erupted against him. But he said his political fight was minor compared to what victims of gun violence went through, including US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered brain damage in a shooting in 2011. Chipman served as a political advisor. principal at the Giffords gun reform organization for the last time. five years, and said he plans to continue his advocacy work. He had a few sharp words for the ATF, where he spent 22 years, saying he had long been too responsive in the fight against gun crime instead of keeping guns away from people banned from them. own. “The agency is not rudderless,” Chipman said. “He sails with a rudder set by the [gun] the industry itself. Things are going according to plan: target the bad guys with guns, play well with the industry, focus on things after the fact. You want them to have a mission: To protect the public. Period. ”You can read the rest of the interview here.

Child injured in school shooting in Tennessee. Police said a student shot a 13-year-old boy at Cummings K-8 Faculty in Memphis on Thursday and then surrendered to police. The incident is the 28th school shooting since classes resumed across the country in August, according to Gun Violence Archive. Related: Pediatric gunshot wounds are on the rise in Memphis, with one hospital reporting a 50% increase between 2019 and 2020.

Smith & Wesson set off for Tennessee. The Massachusetts-based arms maker has announced it is moving its headquarters from Springfield, where it has been based since the 1850s, to Blount County, near Knoxville. CEO Mark Smith cited the “unwavering support of Tennessee lawmakers for the Second Amendment” and praised them “for creating a welcoming and conducive business environment.” Springfield will lose 550 jobs, but Blount County will gain 750, government officials said. Several gunmakers from the Northeast have moved to Republican-leaning states in recent years. In May, Troy Arms moved from Massachusetts to Tennessee due to the “changing climate,” widely interpreted as a response to increasingly stringent state gun laws. In 2019, Connecticut-based Stag Arms moved to Wyoming, citing the “cultural climate” and “the economic environment conducive to growth.” In 2015, Magpul left Colorado after the state broke magazine boundaries. And in 2014, Remington moved much of its production from New York to Alabama, while Beretta USA moved its manufacturing division from Maryland to Gallatin, Tennessee.

Officials and NYPD agents are members of Oath Keepers, data breach reveals. On Monday, we told you how hackers gave DDoSecrets, a collective of transparency and journalists, the 5G data of the far-right militia group which includes a membership list, donor and financial information, and emails. On Thursday, WNYC and Gothamist revealed that three local officials and two active members of the New York Police Department are listed in member registers, along with dozens of names that appeared to match court and correctional officials. NYPD agents whose names appeared in the leak are assigned to the Guns and Tactics Section and the Strategic Response Group, which received complaints of police brutality from the Black Lives Matter protests last year. . The mayor is investigating. Eighteen people affiliated with the Oath Keepers have been charged with conspiracy related to the January 6 uprising.

The Governor of California signs Police Liability Bills. Gavin Newsom, who has just rejected an attempted recall, has enacted a measure that eliminates qualified immunity for police officers. The legislation also creates a decertification process for agents who commit serious misconduct, leaving only three states – Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island – that do not have such a process. The sponsor of the bill said the new law “will end the cycle of washing, rinsing and repeating police faults.”

Today marks four years since the country’s deadliest mass shooting. Fifty-eight people were killed during the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1, 2017, with a 59th victim who died in 2019 and a 60th victim died last year. More than 400 other spectators were injured in the attack. From our archives: On the second anniversary of the tragedy, Ann Givens spoke with the so-called last responders to the massacre, Clark County Coroners who found innovative ways to deal with the trauma that left many of them them feel broken.

Data point

211,564 – the number of public comments the ATF has received on a proposed rule that would regulate pistol stabilizer slings under the National Firearms Act. The agency says it takes at least four months to sift through them. [Ammoland]

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