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Friday, August 6, 2021

Gun Owners Demonstrate Why Chipman’s Contempt Is Disqualifying - Ammoland.com

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- First-time gun owners are making it loud and clear. They won’t sit around and wait to be a criminal’s victim. That’s not all they’re doing.

New gun owners are filling up gun ranges and classrooms to learn to use their firearms. It’s a rebuke of David Chipman’s portrayal of them. Chipman, of course, is President Joe Biden’s nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and he reduced new gun buyers to rubes who are clueless about the responsibilities of gun ownership.

David Chipman mocked first-time gun buyers in 2020, likening them to Joe Exotic, the “Tiger King,” and saying they more closely resemble zombie apocalypse preppers.

Gun owners are defying his stereotype. They’re busy getting educated and trained.

Standing Room Only

During his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Chipman was drilled about his statements bemoaning new gun owners who, “went out to the gun store and bought a gun with no training whatsoever.” He said they were likely to “hide their guns behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in the cabinet, and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear.” When pushed by senators, he sheepishly walked it back.

In 2020, firearm retailer data showed 40 percent of gun buyers were first-time buyers, more than 8.4 million. This year, gun sale numbers remain consistent and one thing’s clear. Buyers are seeking training and practice.

Geneva Solomon, the owner of Redstone Firearms, described what she saw on the ground. New buyers are flocking to safety and training courses. “We’ve definitely seen an uptick in the class options we offer,” Solomon said. “Before they would never sell out. Now they sell out two days after we post them.” Customers are white, Black, Asian, and Hispanic and Solomon says their goal is to calm the nerves of first-time buyers so they’re comfortable in class.

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Wayne Wilson said...

Didn't chippy boy lose a gun in a public place? I guess he doesn't have enough training.

B said...

When we do an NRA Pistol Safety course at my range, they are ALWAYS at capacity....If fact, we have a wait list and often take folks that walk in and try to get in. New gun owners, mostly. We could do one a week if the volunteer instructors would do it, but we won't. THe demand is that high around here.

Old NFO said...

Same thing down here. ALL the instructors are busy!