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Statement From NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox On SB 43

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

“Georgia State Senate leaders opted not to give SB 43 a fair vote last night.  The National Rifle Association is disappointed in their decision.  The NRA believes we had sufficient bi-partisan support to pass this common sense, pro-employee and pro-self defense bill.

“The facts surrounding this legislation were polluted by half-truths and bold-faced lies by opponents during the 11th hour.  The NRA was forced to engage in an assertive, fact based campaign to counter these falsehoods.  While we are concerned that some referred to our effort to defend the merits of SB43 as heavy handed, we are unrepentant as our objective was to counter a blatant campaign of misinformation. 

“Nevertheless, the NRA remains hopeful that the Georgia State Senate will still address the essence of SB 43 this legislative session.  This is a thoughtful and practical measure intended to preserve the integrity of Right-to-Carry laws in Georgia and to allow hard working men and women to have an effective means of self defense during their daily commute to and from work.   

“Businesses quantify their progress by fiscal quarters.  Politicians gauge success by election cycles.  The NRA has no timeline in our defense of freedom.  We will remain committed to this effort.” 


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