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Pelletier: It's Time for Comstock to Stop Shilling for the NRA

Sponsoring Irresponsible Gun Legislation Denigrates NOVA Students Participating in Tomorrow’s March for Our Lives Rallies

McLean, VA - Former federal prosecutor and Democratic candidate for VA-10, Paul Pelletier, today called on Representative Barbara Comstock to disavow her previous support for HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Comstock not only voted in favor of this irresponsible bill, but also was a co-sponsor of the legislation. “It is evident that Barbara Comstock is trying too hard to earn her pay from the NRA by carrying their dangerous legislation at the expense of the safety of the kids in our district,” said Pelletier. 

Comstock is a top ten recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives of the NRA’s contributions. She has been the beneficiary of $137,232.00 from the NRA. “The NRA lobby is one of the most dangerous groups in Washington and they have made an art of holding their bought and paid for Members of Congress hostage to their bidding,” stated Pelletier. 

“In the run-up to the March for Our Lives rallies taking place across the country tomorrow, it is inconceivable to me that Barbara Comstock sides with an organization that has shown time and time again that they could care less about the students of Northern Virginia. 

“I am so impressed and proud of our young people and the actions they are taking in the wake of the Parkland massacre. The fact that Barbara Comstock has turned her back on them is very telling,” concluded Pelletier. 

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would allow states to enforce concealed weapon permits across state lines. The bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into, or possess a concealed handgun in, another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. In short, if an individual is allowed to carry a concealed weapon in his home state, he would be allowed to carry the concealed weapon in any state. 

“When I am in Congress, you can bet your bottom dollar that my allegiance will be with the people I represent before an organization that is more concerned with bolstering gun manufacturers than the safety of the American people,” said Pelletier. 

After serving as a federal prosecutor for over 27 years, Pelletier retired from the Department of Justice in 2011. While at Justice, Pelletier developed a reputation as a fearless fighter who would successfully prosecute the biggest and baddest criminals, including international drug kingpins, Wall Street and banking executives and corrupt politicians, on both sides of the aisle. 

The 10th Congressional District is located in Northern Virginia and includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties and the cities of Winchester, Manassas and Manassas Park. A primary for the Democratic nomination will be held June 12, 2018.

Date Published: 
Friday, March 23, 2018