Matt Dixon, (@Mdixon55)
A national gun-rights group has started sending mailers attacking state Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, on what it says is his bad record on guns.
The mailers are being funded by the National Association on Gun Rights, a Virginia-based group that works to “educate gun owners about state and federal legislation that affects their gun rights,” according to its website.
The group hammers Altman for voting for a bill, SB 1355, in 2013 that banned gun sales to those who have been committed to a mental health facilities. The bill, which was supported by the National Rifle Association, passed the Senate on a unanimous vote, and had just one opposing vote in the House.
“Thad Altman voted to strip veterans, and other law abiding citizens of their right to bear arms without due process or trial,” reads the mailer, which has hit the mail boxes in Indian River County.
Altman, whose district includes Indian River County, says he was in surprised at the line of attack.
“It’s outrageous, I’ve never seen such blatant, flat out lies,” Altman said.
He stressed that the bill was not aimed at veterans and that it’s “insulting to generalize that’s a condition they have.”
Danielle Thompson, an association spokeswoman, said Altman also did not fill out the group’s candidate survey.
“In contrast, his opponent not only returned her survey, but condemned the bill in question.
The mailer cites Altman not filling out the survey when it says he “refused” to answer gun rights questions. Altman, who is endorsed by the NRA, says he never received the survey.