The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee criticized US Representative Rick Nolan for a significant firearms safety violation.
“A picture posted on Twitter showed Mr. Nolan holding an AR-15 rifle with his finger on the trigger while in close proximity to others,” said Bryan Strawser, Executive Director, Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee.
“The basic rules of firearms safety, taught to students as young as 12 in MN DNR hunter safety classes, state clearly that one’s finger should be kept off the trigger until ready to shoot,” said Strawser. “Mr. Nolan’s actions are unsafe and dangerous.”
“It’s nothing short of hypocritical for Mr. Nolan to be photographed at what appears to be a campaign event while holding an AR-15 rifle,” said Strawser. “Despite claiming to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Rick Nolan has advocated for bans on handguns and modern sporting rifles for nearly forty years. Mr. Nolan has specifically called for a ban on the very rifle he is holding in this photograph.”