Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Won't Accept NRA's Money, Support

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says if the National Rifle Association comes calling again, he’s not going to pick up the phone.

At a recent meeting with student activists from Great Mills High School, the site of a deadly shooting in March, the governor said he wouldn’t accept money or support from the NRA in this year’s governor’s race after winning their endorsement in 2014.

Mr. Hogan’s break from the gun-rights group, coupled with his support for new gun controls during his governorship in office, could serve to defuse a major rallying cry for the left as he works to navigate a path to re-election in his deep-blue state.

Earlier this year, for example, he signed a “red flag” law that aims to let families petition a court to take guns from potentially dangerous people, along with measures to ban “bump stock” devices and bar convicted domestic abusers from possessing guns.

For its part, the NRA said it hasn’t yet made concrete decisions on what they’ll do in the election.

“When you are about to be a two-term governor as a Republican in one of the most liberal states in the country, you sort of get to pick and choose how close to the party line you embrace core issues,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

Read more from David Sherfinski at The Washington Times

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