NRA Responds To Praise From Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam By Asking Him To Respect Second Amendment Rights

The Daily Caller | 1/16/2020 | Staff (Posted by) Level 4
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Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s praise for NRA members Wednesday provoked a critical response from the Second Amendment rights organization.

The NRA tweeted its disapproval of Northam, who has started a campaign for stricter gun control laws since Democrats recently gained control of the Virginia legislature.

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NRA Executive Director Jason Ouimet told Northam: “If Virginia Gov. Northam sincerely respects the efforts of the NRA and its 5 million members, he can demonstrate that respect by not infringing our rights.”

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At a Wednesday news conference in Richmond, Northam announced a “state of emergency” and said he would be banning all firearms at a pro-gun rally planned by the Virginia Citizens Defense League for the Virginia Capitol on Monday.

But the governor tried to compliment the NRA while doing so, saying the group’s membership is responsible for “peaceful events.”

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“Virginia is always open for citizens of our state to meet with the elected leaders peacefully,” Northam said, according to The Daily Wire. “That...
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