An NRA publication tweeted a photo showing bullets and the photos of two New York lawmakers on Monday to criticize a plan to limit ammunition sales in the state and one of the legislators called the social media message a threat.
The National Rifle Association's America's 1st Freedom
posted the Twitter message with the photos of New York State Sen. Roxanne Persaud and State Assemblywoman Jo Ann Simons with bullets with a link to organization's statement about the proposed ammunition proposal.
"The two plan to introduce legislation this month that would limit ammo purchases to twice the capacity of a gun owner's firearm during a 90-day period," wrote Mark Chestnut, editor of America's 1st Freedom. "Put in perspective, a revolver owner would be 'allowed' to buy 12 rounds every three months, or a total of 48 rounds a year."
Simon told WCBS Radio
she believed the photo accompanying the Twitter post amounted to something more.
"I find it hard to imagine that it is not intended to be a threat," said Simon, adding that she has received demeaning emails since the tweet. "It's producing the response it sought to produce."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced his opposition to the Twitter message with a tweet of his own later in the day.
America's 1st Freedom's tweet created a firestorm on social media with mixed responses.
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