Former ATF agent calls for more registration on semiautomatic assault rifles

David Chipman, a retired agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), called for more government registration of semiautomatic assault weapons in an interview on Monday. 

"I'm a big believer that people should be able to buy the weaponry they want, but the more lethal it is, there is a government interest and a public safety interest into knowing about that," Chipman, who is now a senior policy adviser at Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"I think that we have to not be paralyzed by the complexity of this issue, and so the focus has been on these particularly lethal long guns, semiautomatic assault rifles. Those are the firearms that were used in Las Vegas, they were used in Parkland with the biggest counts of fatalities," he continued. "So to start there to me makes sense."

"As a gun owner, the thought that if I wanted to carry the same rifle that I carried on ATF SWAT team, that that would require me to fill out some paperwork and the government know that," he said. "That doesn't shock me. They know I own a car, they know where I live, they know when I buy cold medicine."

Various firearms, including machine guns, are already regulated under the National Firearms Act. 

Chapman's comments come amid increased calls for gun control after two separate mass shootings at a synagogue in Pittsburg and a bar in Thousands Oaks, Calif. 

— Julia Manchester