A war of words has erupted between Democratic Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and the National Rifle Association.
It all started earlier this week when Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who previously worked for Mr Malloy as his General Counsel, had stated that any mention of the NRA in state laws should be ripped out.
Mr Bronin had said so after it had been reported that Connecticut residents who wanted to get a firearm permit (the NRA has been attracting new members in huge numbers ever since the gun control protests of the past two weeks in response to the Parkland, Florida shooting) have to go through a basic safety training course and get certified.
According to Connecticut State law the NRA training is valid for such a firearms instruction.
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In response to this information, Mayor Bronin claimed: "The idea that the NRA should be recognized as a voice for gun safety is ridiculous."
The NRA shot back at Mr Bronin with a statement: “No organization in the world does more to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms than the NRA.”
“The NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting course is the best training available for anyone seeking to carry a concealed firearm for self-protection. By eliminating the NRA training and standards for Connecticut’s permit holders, Mayor Bronin is putting politics above the safety of Connecticut citizens.”
Mr Bronin was not impressed and stated that the NRA is "an organization that opposes universal background checks despite the fact that overwhelming majority of Americans and even a large number of NRA members support universal background checks."
Afterwards, he was aided in his rebuttal to the 5 million law-abiding citizens organization by Connecticut Governor Malloy, who went even further, stating that: "They act quite frankly in some cases as a terrorist organization.”
“You want to make safer guns? We will boycott your company. That's who they are. That's what they do."