NSSF awards Cornyn ‘legislator of the year’ for background check reform
By Christen Smith
NSSF’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane, left, stands with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, right, after Sen. Cornyn received NSSF’s 2017 Legislator of the Year award. (Photo: NSSF)
The gun industry’s largest trade association honored Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn as its 2017 “Legislator of the Year” during an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this week.
The Texas Republican earned the award from the National Shooting Sports Foundation on Wednesday for his leading efforts to pass background check reform after a gunman murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs — just 35 miles southeast of San Antonio — back in November.
State and federal investigators said the shooter should’ve never owned the semi-automatic rifle used in the attack. Discharged from the military in 2014 after serving time in confinement for assaulting his wife and stepson two years earlier, Air Force officials never forwarded the his criminal records to the Pentagon.
“We salute Senator Cornyn for his outstanding leadership in the U.S. Senate, particularly for his tireless efforts to advance S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president for government and public affairs and general counsel, in a news release Tuesday. “This legislation addressed a long-standing priority for