NRA Picks Former GOP Rep Barr as President

( – Controversial gun rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association, elected former Georgia Representative Bob Barr as their new president on Monday, May 20th.

Barr, who is 75, has a long history of working for the government. Early in his career, he worked for the Department of Justice as well as the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970’s. He practiced law in Georgia after he left the CIA and served as the county chair for the local Republican Party. In the mid-1980’s, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to serve as a U.S. Attorney for his area. In 1995, he was elected as a Republican Representative in Georgia, where he served until 2003. However, in 2004, Barr left the Republican Party and became a Libertarian officially in 2006, before becoming the Libertarian candidate for President in 2008.

Though he remained in the Libertarian party for years, Barr eventually rejoined the Republican party in 2012. Though Barr has famously changed his position on several issues, such as regretting his vote in favor of the Patriot Act and reversing his position on medical marijuana, he has always been a staunch defender of American gun rights. Upon his election, Barr stated that his goal would be to increase the membership of the NRA.

Barr was elected by the NRA’s Board of Directors during their 153rd Annual Meeting and Exhibits that occurred in Dallas over the third weekend in May. The group also endorsed former President Donald Trump, who spoke at the group’s meeting in Texas, urging the crowd of over 70,000 people to vote to protect their gun rights.

Barr’s election follows the resignation of former NRA CEO and vice president, Wayne LaPierre, in January of this year. LaPierre was accused of using millions of dollars in NRA funds to pay for lavish trips and faced a civil trial. He was found liable in February and ordered to pay over $4 million back to the NRA.

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