Back in April, the NRA’s Political Victory Fund endorsed Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for his run for the top seat in the Peach State. Here’s how NRA announced it.
On behalf of our members in Georgia, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) proudly announces its endorsement of Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for governor and Sen. David Shafer for lieutenant governor. Cagle has an “A+” rating based on his more than two decades spent advancing self-defense rights and the interests of gun owners and sportsmen across Georgia. Shafer also has earned an “A+” rating for strong leadership on Second Amendment issues and an unwavering defense of our personal liberties.
“At a time when the five million members of the NRA are under attack like never before, Casey Cagle has very publicly chosen to stand with us,” said NRA-PVF Chairman Chris W.Cox. “Our endorsement reflects Cagle’s unwavering support to advance self-defense rights and the interests of gun owners and sportsmen across Georgia.
Cagle is going up against Secretary of State Brian Kemp next month in a runoff for the Republican nomination.
As a NRA Life Member and a Florida resident who lives just south of the Georgia line, I know what’s it is like when the NRA backs anti-gun politicians who go on to stab gun owners in the back. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the entire debacle that is the Florida Republican Party have been perfect examples.
So why is this Floridian watching Georgia politics so closely? Because I was thinking of moving there to escape Florida. But here’s a quick rundown of Cagle’s record for Georgia gun owners:
- 2013: SB188 (Campus Carry) was introduced twice within that legislative session but Cagle refused to allow the Georgia Senate to have a floor vote.
- 2014: Cagle wanted to have ‘training requirements’ inserted into HB65 when the bill being debated and amended in the Conference Committee.
- 2016: While hosting a forum with Georgia’s religious leaders; Cagle told them that Campus Carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
- 2017: The Georgia Legislature passed Campus Carry but Cagle said it was a “thoughtful compromise” when he allowed his College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list.
- 2017: Cagle sent SB177 (Georgia Constitutional Carry) to die in committee and blocked three additional Pro-Gun amendments to be heard in the Senate.
- 2018: Cagle during an interview with the news stated “Georgia is in a very good position where our gun laws stand today, and I know of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.”
Apparently the grass isn’t any greener on the other side of the border.
The NRA is backing a pol with what I consider to be an anti-gun record. This one just happened to wave the NRA flag when Delta decided to cancel its discount partnership with the NRA. Yes, Cagle is the Georgia politician who took Delta Airline’s $40 million fuel tax break away.
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 26, 2018
But when it comes to the question of constitutional carry in Georgia . . .
…Cagle also said he’s not in favor of “constitutional carry” proposals that would allow legal gun owners to conceal and carry handguns without a permit.
A bill to eliminate carry permits got no traction in the 2018 session of the legislature.
”Georgia is in a very good position where our gun laws stand today,” Cagle said, adding he knows of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.
Surely Georgia can do better.