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NRA Tweets Photo of Bullets Next to Brooklyn Lawmakers Pushing Ammo Bill

By Leslie Albrecht | January 5, 2016 11:55am | Updated on January 5, 2016 2:17pm

BROOKLYN — Two state lawmakers behind a bill to limit ammo sales are coming under fire — on Twitter.

Gun advocates with the NRA publication America's 1st Freedom tweeted photos Monday of state Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon and New York State Sen. Roxanne Persaud next to a handful of bullets.

The tweet linked to an editorial denouncing a proposed bill Simon and Persaud introduced in December that would limit how much ammunition gun owners can buy.

Condemnation from Simon and Persaud's fellow Democrats was swift.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the tweet "obnoxious and suggestive," while City Councilman Brad Lander said it was "beyond outrageous."

Simon responded on Twitter that the online assault was "a new low."


"The NRA is engaging in shameful attacks on compassionate efforts to reduce senseless gun violence," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who announced the proposed ammunition bill on Dec. 20 alongside Simon and Persaud.

Adams describes himself as a responsible gun owner and called the proposed legislation a "conversation starter which will result in the right common-sense solution for New York."

America's 1st Freedom did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The controversial tweets come as President Barack Obama introduced an executive order Tuesday to tighten gun laws.