NEW EPISODE: Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention w. David Chipman
I’m returning to Washington today after spending the last two weeks in California, working with my constituents in Sonoma and Mendocino affected by the worst fires in our state’s recorded history. While we keep working to provide long-term support for those affected by the disaster, our work on gun violence prevention — and many other important national policies — will continue. On this week’s episode of “Off the Cuff w. Rep. Huffman” we welcome David Chipman, a former ATF Agent who is now the Senior Policy Advisor at Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), a gun violence prevention organization created by former Congresswoman and victim of gun violence Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, a retired United States Navy veteran, test pilot and NASA astronaut.
David brings a wealth of knowledge to the table on firearm safety and gun violence prevention, dating back to his 25 years of experience as a member of the ATF SWAT Team. This “Off the Cuff” was recorded a few weeks ago, on the heels of a Natural Resources Committee hearing, at which David testified about the dangerous provisions of the so-called “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement (SHARE) Act” that would remove commonsense regulations for gun silencers.
Just days after we recorded this conversation, a single gunman in Las Vegas killed dozens of people at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
That unspeakable tragedy puts conversations like this in an even more urgent perspective: members of Congress must start listening to their constituents and to experts like David who agree that we need to take real steps to make Americans safer. We need to finally break the hold that the gun lobby has over Congressional leadership. Enough is enough.
During my broad discussion with David, he shared his experiences on a variety of topics, including firearm silencers and concealed carry reciprocity in the context of the SHARE Act, the gun lobby’s unscrupulous attempts to deregulate firearms and their accessories at the expense of public safety, and as how to prevent future tragedies, all while protecting responsible gun ownership.
I hope you’ll take the time to listen to this important podcast. As you do so, please keep those affected by the Las Vegas shooting, and the other far-too-frequent shootings that have rocked our nation in recent years, in your thoughts.