One of the highlights of NRA's 2005 Annual Meetings was a presentation by NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox of the Harlon B. Carter Legislative Achievement Award (the highest honor conferred by NRA-ILA) to newly elected Board Member and former U.S. Senator Zell Miller (D).
Established in 1992, the Harlon B. Carter Legislative Achievement Award is a tribute to Carter's lifetime of service to NRA's membership in defense of the Second Amendment.
And Zell Miller is certainly a deserving recipient of this award. As Cox noted, a young Zell Miller "served his country in the Marine Corps, and has been serving his fellow citizens at virtually every level of government ever since. He has been a Mayor, a State Senator, a Lieutenant Governor, a Governor, and a U.S. Senator."
As Governor, Miller signed preemption legislation abolishing a 15-day waiting period and eliminating local firearms laws to ensure that the rights of all citizens were protected equally. He also signed legislation protecting shooting ranges and establishing Eddie Eagle™ Gun Safety Week.
As a United States Senator, he stood up time and again for gun owners even as many of the leaders of his party abandoned the Second Amendment.
As keynote speaker at NRA's 2002 Annual Meetings, he said "Whenever I hear politicians talking about gun control, it makes me wonder if they understand my values or my way of life."
Clearly, Zell Miller is a worthy beneficiary of the award and we congratulate him on receiving this great honor!