Mitt Romney's Record on Gun Rights:
Political Opportunism, Pandering and Flip-Flopping
1994: Romney says he doesn't line up with the NRA: "At another campaign stop that year, he told reporters: 'I don't line up with the NRA.'" (Scott Helman, "Romney retreats on gun control," Boston Globe, 1/14/07)
1994: Romney favored waiting periods on gun sales: "A former advocate of gun control, Romney during his 1994 run for the U.S. Senate backed measures the gun-rights group opposed, such as a five-day waiting period on gun sales and a ban on certain assault weapons." (David Abel, "Romney joined NRA in August, was advocate of gun control," Boston Globe, 2/19/07)
1994: Romney favored assaultweapons ban: "He [Romney] is a supporter of the federal assault weapons ban." (Romney Campaign Website, 2002)
2002: Romney says he favors tough gun laws: "And as the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, Romney lauded the state's strong laws during a debate against Democrat Shannon O'Brien. 'We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,' he said. 'I won't chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.'" (Scott Helman, "Romney retreats on gun control," Boston Globe, 1/14/07)
August 2006: At age 59, and six months before announcing for President, Romney becomes a member of the NRA: "Speaking on ABC's 'This Weekwith George Stephanopoulos,' Romney said he signed up for a lifelong membership 'within the last year.'" (David Abel, "Romney joined NRA in August, was advocate of gun control," Boston Globe, 2/19/07)
February 2007: Romney says the NRA is doing good things: "'I think they're doing good things, and I believe in supporting the right to bear arms,' Romney said." (David Abel, "Romney joined NRA in August, was advocate of gun control," Boston Globe, 2/19/07)
April 2007: Romney says he's been a hunter all his life: "I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." ("Romney, self-described lifelong hunter, has hunted twice," Associated Press,4/4/07)
April 2007: Romney campaign says Romney only hunted twice: "Questions about his hunting activities trailed Romney this past week after he remarked at a campaign stop that he has been a hunter nearly all his life. The next day, his campaign said Romney had gone hunting just twice -- once as a teenager in Idaho and last year with GOP donors in Georgia." (Glen Johnson, "Romney clarifies reports on hunting," Associated Press, 4/7/07)
April 2007: Romney says his campaign is wrong, he's hunted more then twice: "'The report that I only hunted twice is incorrect,' Romney said in a statement issued Friday. 'I've hunted small game numeroustimes, as a young man and as an adult.'" (Glen Johnson, "Romney clarifies reports on hunting," Associated Press, 4/7/07)
April 2007: "Lifelong hunter" Romney never took out a hunting license: "Officials in the four states where Mitt Romney has lived say the Republican presidential contender, who calls himself a lifelong hunter, never took out a license." (Glen Johnson, "Romney clarifies reports on hunting," Associated Press, 4/7/07)
CONCLUSION: Romney v. Brownback on Gun Rights
"Mitt Romney's record on gun rights and the Second Amendment is consistent in one thing: pandering and political posturing. He has opposed and supported the NRA as the political climate dictated," said John Rankin, Iowa communications director of Brownback for President. "The most glaring aspect of his record is that a 'lifelong hunter' like Romney became a member of the NRA at age 59, just six months before announcing his candidacy for President of the United States."
Rankin added: "Unlike Mitt Romney, Senator Sam Brownback has a principled, consistent track record of defending Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans. Sam Brownback is proud of his 13-year track record supporting the right to bear arms and his lifetime 'A'rating from the NRA. The Second Amendment is a cherished constitutional right that Sam Brownback can be trusted to faithfully defend."