Iowans question Graham’s gun rights history

Linh Ta for the Des Moines Register reports:

At U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s first town hall meeting since announcing his run for president, Graham assured the audience he was in favor of gun rights, after Aaron Dorr, director of Iowa Gun Owners questioned his past votes.

“Check me out. Check my rating with the NRA. Come to my house. I will show you my AR-15,” Graham said.

At the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines Friday, Graham was questioned about his vote approving Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch in April 2015 and confirming Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in August 2010. He was also questioned about confirming Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, as well as a $250,000 contribution from Michael Bloomberg in 2014, who has long been an advocate for gun control.

“We have grave concern about his history of supporting and sponsoring gun control legislation,” Dorr said. “He knows how to take a question and spin it. None of what he says changes what he did.”

Graham said he has a history of supporting gun rights, including a vote to continue allowing assault rifles and no magazine limits following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in 2012.

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