McConnell Won’t Say Whether He Even Owns A Gun After CPAC Stunt

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks onto the stage holding a gun before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Thu... Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks onto the stage holding a gun before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to offer details on whether he owns a gun, hunts or regularly goes shooting for recreation, according to a columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Columnist Joe Gerth writes that McConnell’s reelection campaign has refused to say “if McConnell hunts, shoots targets or even owns a gun.” Gerth also noted that McConnell’s campaign ignored a reporter who in 2013 asked if the top Senate Republican would accept a challenge by Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes (KY) to go to a shooting range.

Guns have recently been a topic in relation to McConnell. During the Conservative Political Action Conference McConnell handed Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) a rifle on stage. Shortly after that Grimes on Thursday tweeted that “that’s not the way to hold a gun. KY women do it better.” McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, also criticized him for the rifle moment.

TPM has reached out to McConnell’s campaign and will update with a response.

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