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Sen. Mike Lee took aim at President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, David Chipman, over controversial past remarks the nominee made online. © Provided by Washington Examiner "It concerns me that you, as the nominee to be the director of the ATF, would have such a flippant and, if I may say so, utterly condescending attitude toward first-time gun owners in this country," Lee said during Wednesday’s confirmation hearing.
A leading gun control advocacy group is launching a $500,000 ad campaign urging Congress to pass legislation to expand background checks on gun sales.
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund will air a series of new TV and digital ads in Alaska, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas over the next two weeks. The ads feature gun owners and members of law enforcement in an effort to get Republicans on board with bills to strengthen background checks.
"The frequency of gun crime and mass shootings is deeply troubling," Columbia, S.C., Police Chief Skip Holbrookfrom Everytown. "It makes our communities less safe and our jobs harder. Supporting background checks is supporting law enforcement."
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In a rare look behind the scenes of gun shop regulation, The Trace and USA TODAY found ATF officials conciliatory and accommodating. The woman flashed her credentials, which revealed that she was an investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the nation’s gun industry watchdog. She was here to make sure Uncle Sam’s had cleaned up its act. This was the ATF’s third inspection of Uncle Sam’s in seven years. The two most recent audits found that the store had transferred weapons without conducting background checks and failed to provide safety notices to handgun buyers.
The ad campaign hits the airwaves following a series of mass shootings in recent weeks,in San Jose, Calif., that left 10 people dead, including the gunman. President Biden again to pass gun control legislation after the shooting.
The Houseto tighten background checks on gun sales in March, which included a measure to require background checks on private gun sales. But Democrats and gun control advocates are struggling to find enough Republican votes to bypass the Senate filibuster. Everytown's ads are airing in the home states of GOP senators who have expressed interest in passing a bipartisan background check bill, including Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Lisa Murkoswki (R-Alaska).
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Joe Biden once had a term for politicians who were too cautious to push for meaningful gun reform legislation: cowards. “Why in God’s name can we say that we can’t do anything about 150,000 people being shot dead in the United States of America? Why are guns different?” Biden said during a campaign stop in Las Vegas in February 2020. “Because of cowardness. Because of cowards. Cowards who are afraid to take on these special interests because they are so damn powerful.
Everytown for Gun Safety notes that most Democratic and Republican voters support expanded background checks. Afound that 84 percent of voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, support requiring a background check on all gun purchases.
"These ads are a reminder that background checks aren't a partisan issue, and that the vast majority of Americans support common sense steps to keep guns away from dangerous people," John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. "Whether you're talking to Republicans, Democrats, gun owners, or law enforcement, there is bipartisan support for strengthening background checks, and we'll keep reminding Congress of that fact until we see action."
Everytown for Gun Safety, which is backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has emerged as an influential force in Washington in recent years. The gun control groupto back Democrats in the 2020 election, according to OpenSecrets.org.
Legislators call for ATF to crack down on problem gun dealers, citing USA TODAY/The Trace investigation .
Lawmakers in New York, Philadelphia and U.S. Congress cite USA TODAY/The Trace investigation into problem gun dealers.When the New York Legislature took up a bill to crack down on errant gun dealers last week its author, Sen. Zellnor Myrie, praised the “explosive report” by The Trace/USA TODAY. Myrie said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a disgrace for not providing stricter oversight of the firearms industry.