Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s Democratic challenger is desperately trying to
exploit make this campaign about the incumbent’s support of the 2nd Amendment, but those efforts keep backfiring.
Jason Crow, it turns out, is connected to the most contentious gun control fights waged in Colorado in recent years — and not on the same side as Democrats.
Todd Shepherd at the Washington Free Beacon reports that Crow has worked the law firm of Holland & Hart since 2009, which lobbied on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Magpul Industries.
Most relevantly, the law firm performed that work in 2013 and 2014 to fight the state general assembly’s new gun control restrictions, legislation crafted in large part as a reaction to the 2012 Aurora theater shooting massacre that killed 12 and wounded 58.
In other words, the firm Crow was a part of lobbied for positions on bills that were identical to the positions of the National Rifle Association.
PeakNation™ will remember that Magpul is also the firearm manufacturer that pulled up stakes in Colorado after the gun control restrictions were passed.
Holland & Hart also serves as outside counsel for Magpul, and as such wrote a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, urging him to veto the magazine limits.
Crow’s campaign manager Alex Ball didn’t deny the report, except to say that Crow is not a lobbyist, and he complained again that the NRA backs Coffman.
Ball told Colorado Politics:
“And when it comes to his campaign, Jason has made it clear the reforms that he will be fighting for in Congress, like a ban on assault weapons, stricter background checks and rejecting corporate PAC money.”
We have already taken Crow to task for blatantly lying that the gun used in the Florida school shooting is the same gun used in the military.
Once again, Crow’s campaign is trying to deceive voters, about his stance on guns, and his campaign pledges.
Crow will fight in Congress to ban assault weapons? Those are automatic weapons that are already illegal for the public to own. Assault weapons have been heavily regulated and unavailable to the public since the 1930s.
As for his campaign’s claim that Crow would reject PAC money, it’s a little late for that, as the Crow campaign has already accepted $86,000 in PAC donations.