Mitt Romney officially won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association on Thursday, a show of support that could help his campaign’s efforts to turn out voters on Election Day.
While Romney has repeatedly assured audiences of his strong support for the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the NRA had held off on officially backing the Republican nominee. During the GOP primary, the group expressed displeasure with Romney’s past support for gun control measures when he was governor of Massachusetts.
But Romney didn’t exactly clamor for the NRA endorsement either. In the aftermath of July’s deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Romney rejected calls for new gun control laws, but he also went out of his way to say he doesn’t agree with the NRA’s agenda on everything.