Eleven Democrats voted for him with 11 Republicans opposed.
Reuters notes this puts the Chipman nomination in a tough spot, but suggests “it is not an insurmountable roadblock.”
President Joe Biden nominated Chipman, a long-time gun control advocate and affiliate of Gabby Giffords’ gun control work, to lead the ATF.
During May 26, 2021, confirmation hearings, Chipman affirmed his support for a ban on AR-15s and other firearms the Democrats label “assault weapons.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) asked Chipman to define “assault weapon,” but Chipman demurred, choosing instead to say, “An ‘assault weapon’ would be, in the context of the question you ask, whatever Congress defines it as.”
The Washington Post reports that a floor vote is the next stop for Chipman’s nomination, as that is the means by which Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) can “discharge the nomination from committee.”
Chipman is not expected to receive any Republican support if his nomination reaches the Senate floor for a vote.
Sources: Breitbart: Senate Judiciary Committee Deadlocks on Biden ATF Nominee in 11-11 Vote