'Group calls Newt 'anti-gun''

Last modified: 12/14/2011 12:00:00 AM
Newt Gingrich was the target of a robo-call campaign yesterday in New Hampshire, in which the National Association for Gun Rights told listeners the candidate has embraced "anti-gun positions."

"Newt wanted to strengthen the anti-gun Brady Bill that created a national gun registry," the association's Executive Director Dudley Brown says, according to a transcript of the call. "Newt also supported the Lautenberg law that takes away gun rights for crimes as simple as spanking your child."

According to the Boston Globe, Gingrich actually voted against a version of the Brady Bill that included background checks on gun buyers. The story also points out that the Lautenberg law bans the ownership of guns by those with domestic violence convictions or domestic abuse restraining orders.

In a release, Brown accused Gingrich of being a "political chameleon."

"Newt's record is as crooked as a dog's hind leg," he said. "With a horrible voting record on Second Amendment issues, gun owners just don't know which side Newt's on."

According to Gingrich's website, the candidate believes Americans have a constitutional right to protect themselves. Gingrich received the National Rifle Association's Defender of Second Amendment Rights award in 2010.

Correction: This article was edited to include the correct spelling of the National Association for Gun Rights Executive Director's name. It is Dudley Brown.

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