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Garland: To help combat gun violence, confirm ATF leader

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland says he hopes the Senate will act quickly to confirm the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to help front the federal effort against gun violence.

The nomination of David Chipman has been stalled as Republicans and the National Rifle Association work to sink it.

Chipman is a two-decade veteran of the ATF who served as an adviser to a major gun control group.

He would be the first formal leader of the agency since 2015.

Garland spoke before visiting Chicago to launch a strike force.

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