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Friday, June 23, 2017

NRA to Provide Firearms Training for Lawmakers

In the aftermath of the attack on Republican lawmakers, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange had quite a different reaction than Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Rather than calling for gun control, he called for gun training—and he called on the NRA for help.

As reported by Yellowhammer News, Strange sent a letter to NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox and asked the NRA to “consider offering a training program to members of Congress, their staff and other personnel that work on Capitol Hill, regardless of political affiliation, so that they have the skills necessary to survive an active-shooter situation and to safely handle a firearm.” The senator noted that, “proper training can lead to the attacker being neutralized and lives being saved.”

Cox replied that that the NRA “wholeheartedly” agreed. He pointed out that the NRA serves as the world’s leader in providing firearms safety, education and training—with more than 130,000 instructors across the country—and the Association would look forward to teaching the safe and responsible use of firearms to members of Congress and their staff.