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Will Proposed ATF director shut down gun shops and turn us into Felons?

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  • By Barry Laws
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Will Proposed ATF director shut down gun shops and  turn us into Felons?

Will David Chipman, if confirmed, help shut down hundreds of gun stores and turn millions of Americans into felons?


At the moment there is no regulation of private firearm sales in Kentucky as long as the guns are not “regulated items” such as silencers, short-barreled rifles & fully automatic firearms.  That means you can privately sell firearms to whomever you want, without paperwork as long as you aren’t knowingly selling to a prohibited person (felons, underage, known mentally compromised for example).  Note:  I encourage you to use a gun dealer to help with those transactions to limit your liability in the event you unknowingly sold to a prohibited person.


Note: These rules can and will change I suspect.  The Biden Administration has many plans to hamper private sales the way they are currently in Kentucky.  In California and other states you don't have the same rights for private sales, they all have to be done at gun dealers.


Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL’s or licensed gun dealers) are held to a higher standard for selling firearms, and their licenses are controlled by the ATF.  We must verify the purchasers ID, provide a legal form and check the buyers answers (4473 form), then we must run a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS Check) and get a proceed, delay or deny from the Database (Note: if you have a Kentucky Conceal Carry Deadly Weapons License (CCDW) we don’t need to run the Check as the State Police already have).  If you get a proceed (or have a CCDW), you leave with the firearm.  If you get a delay, Openrange waits until you receive a proceed before transferring the gun to you.  If you get a deny there is something amiss in your background and you cannot buy a gun.


The ATF audits our books approximately 1x per year to make sure all our forms and documents are in order.  If you have many egregious mistakes your license can be suspended.  For common overlooked items the ATF can cite you and require retraining or, if more serious can move towards suspension.  In any event, short of illegal activity they help you get your paperwork in order.


The ATF has done a great job with outreach to gun dealers.  They understand gun dealers are paramount to stopping customers who are prohibited people from owning firearms.  Dealers are also trained to identify “Straw Purchases” where a person with a clean record is used by a felon to purchase guns for them.  Straw Purchases are illegal and can bring felony charges if not jail time depending on the severity.  The ATF has built a relationship of “partnership” with gun dealers over the years.  Kudo’s to the ATF for their efforts to stop criminal purchases.


My concern with the current confirmation hearings for David Chipman as new ATF director is the thought that this “partnership” will devolve into a punishing ATF, looking to shut down legal sales of firearms.  When the nominated director, who has been working (and still is from my knowledge) with one of the most prominent and powerful gun control groups, we could end up with an ‘activist’ director.  He has vocalized that no one should be able to own an AR15 (which is the most popular rifle in America), this sets a dangerous precedent for confiscation schemes and causing the criminalization of vast swaths of the American population.  Combined with the Biden administrations strong anti-gun stance could lead to many changes in what consumers can own and purchase.


I look to an ATF director to enforce the laws on the books, not create an adversarial relationship with the gun dealers who help enforce congress’ laws or worse lead the charge to confiscate firearms from the public.  The ATF doesn't make the laws, congress does.  Yet the ATF can create an adversarial relationship with dealers and essentially shut down a vast majority for minor infractions.  This will limit your access to firearms, training, parts and accessories.


This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue although Democrats will be expected to heed the party’s platform on gun control.  I encourage my friends to write or call your congresspeople and let your voice be heard that we don’t want an anti-gun activist as the Director of the ATF.

This is truly a Second Amendment issue and I want all of my great passionate firearm owners to be aware and alert to the potential change in the ATF.


  1. Dan Hatton Dan Hatton

    The current political climate is a major concern for all gun owners. There are a lot of wealthy anti gun groups doing everything they can to deprive us of our rights. Both the First Amendment and of course the second amendment as well. You cannot have the first without the second. So it’s important to speak up. Join one of the pro gun pro second amendment groups in our country and lend your support for them as they fight the political battles for our God given rights. Not the government. It always angers me that when gun control debates rise up. They always go after the law abiding gunowners. Instead gangs and criminals who own guns illegally. Just my 2 cents.


    Requiring present gun owners, who have already filled out all of the firms to own a gun, to now register their guns again is redundant. What about the police auctions of weapons? They go directly into criminals hands. I can assure you that they will not register their purchases. As law abiding citizens, we have a “right to bear arms.” Do NOT take away that right in the name of “gun control.” I feel safer being able to defend myself wit something other than a baseball bat!

  3. Concerned Citizen Concerned Citizen

    Unfortunately we can expect the spineless RINOs to vote to confirm. I agree it isn't a Dem/Rep issue. It is a Patriot Vs. Communist issue. We need to replace every one we can on both sides of the isle with Patriots.

  4. Michael Riordan Michael Riordan

    David Chipman should be in prison definitely not in any form of government administration

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