Connecticut’s governor called the National Rifle Association (NRA) a terrorist organization in an interview Tuesday.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, also said his state would “boycott” the NRA and said the organization has been acting like a “terrorist organization,” in an interview with Fox61. He also believes the NRA has changed throughout the past 20 years.
“They act, quite frankly, in some cases as a terrorist organization,” Malloy said. “You want to make safer guns? We will boycott your company. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.”
The comments directed at the NRA come weeks after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. The NRA has continued to receive criticism after the shooting, causing massive companies such as Delta, United and Hertz and many others to cut ties with the association. (RELATED: Boycotts Against NRA Have Backfire Effect, Galvanize Conservatives)
The NRA has completely changed since the 1990s, the governor also said, noting the group previously opposed teachers carrying firearms in schools and that they had been in favor of universal background checks. Malloy believes changes to their beliefs have transformed the organization into a “terrorist organization.”
Malloy’s criticism also comes after reports surfaced of a billboard, located in Pensacola, Fla., calling the NRA a “terrorist organization.” The billboard was funded by Mad Dog PAC, which reportedly funds billboards across the U.S. in opposition to President Donald Trump and other Republicans running for office. (RELATED: Florida Billboard Labels NRA As A ‘Terrorist Organization’)
Malloy did not mention how he plans to boycott the organization.
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