NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'

From Reuters - February 23, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administrations 2015 net neutrality rules.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was honored at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hills, Maryland, by the NRA with the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award, an honor named for the late actor who was an NRA president.

The award is a Kentucky long rifle that will stay at the NRAs museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The NRA was not allowed to bring the weapon on stage, said Carolyn Meadows, an NRA official.

It was not immediately clear why the NRA was not able to present the long gun to the FCC chairman. The FCC, CPAC and the NRA did not immediately respond to questions.

A Reuters reporter at the event said there were no visible prohibitions against weapons at the event but metal detectors were present before President Donald Trumps address earlier on Friday.

At the event, Pai defended his aggressive approach to undoing numerous telecommunications regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama.

Some people urged me to go for sacrifice bunts and singles and try to nibble around the edgesmake some minor changes, Pai said. But I dont play small ball.


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