Possibly the most popular gun in American.
According to the Washington Times:
David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Wednesday that he supports banning the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, one of the most popular guns in America.
In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Chipman endorsed a Democratic bill that would ban “assault weapons,” including the AR-15, which Mr. Biden has also endorsed.
“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as it has been presented in a Senate bill and supported by the president,” he said. “The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF’s SWAT team. It’s a particularly lethal weapon and regulating it as other particular lethal weapons I have advocated for.”
But Mr. Chipman acknowledged that he wasn’t aware of any data that support claims that a ban on the weapons would be effective. He said studies on whether a ban would reduce gun violence have reached “mixed conclusions.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, pressed Mr. Chipman about the Senate bill that was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and has 35 Democratic co-sponsors.