Mitch McConnell Hands Tom Coburn A Gun On Stage

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This post has been updated.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) handed fellow Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) a gun on stage.

According to ABC News Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, the gun was meant as a lifetime achievement award from the National Rifle Association.

Coburn announced plans to retire earlier this year.

TPM obtained the following statement from Prince George’s County Police: “We aren’t aware of any laws being broken by giving a rifle as a gift. There is no requirement to register or to obtain a permit/license to carry a rifle in the state of MD.”

Additional reporting by Igor Bobic.

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