2011-05-05 / Local & State

NRA Will Actively Oppose Obama Re-election

By Joe Mandak

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The National Rifle Association will oppose President Barack Obama's re-election, saying the group expects an assault on Second Amendment rights if the president serves a second term.

NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre tells The Associated Press that Obama has tried to “fog the issue” of gun owners’ rights through the 2012 election. He says Obama has an anti-gun track record as an Illinois legislator and has an administration “ imbedded with people who've spent their lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment.”

LaPierre believes the president hasn't opposed expanded rights for people to bring guns onto Amtrak trains and carry them in national parks during his first term because “it’s just not a convenient time” politically for a “fight on the Second Amendment.”

LaPierre’s remarks come on the eve of the NRA's annual convention in Pittsburgh.

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