On Thursday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox and Donald Trump Jr. attended a campaign rally in support of Republican Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. The East Helena, Mont., event gave Gianforte an opportunity to discuss his platform in advance of the May 25 special election, intended to fill the vacancy left when Republican Ryan Zinke resigned to become Secretary of the Interior.
While the Bozeman software entrepreneur and outdoorsman discussed his other campaign goals, such as congressional term limits, the primary focus was gun rights. Cox and Trump joined Gianforte in voicing their support of hunting and firearms as longstanding Montana traditions, while Cox pointed out that Gianforte’s opponent, Democrat Rob Quist, has a history of supporting gun registration and allying with gun control advocates.
Calling Gianforte a “real hunter” who “doesn’t buy meat at the grocery store because he’s got a freezer-full,” Cox summed up his support for Gianforte: “This is a guy who unapologetically stands up for individual freedom, including the one that protects all the others—the Second Amendment.”