plumb-gunThe John Plumb for Congress campaign is responding with visual aides to claims the candidate is not an advocate for gun rights. Thursday, Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY 23rd District, attacked the Democrat Plumb for failing to fill out the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund’s candidate questionnaire.

When I reached out to the Navy Reserve commander’s campaign spokesperson, he immediately sent me a photo of Plumb in hunting garb holding a camouflage shotgun.

“Does this photo, of someone who has been in the military for 20-plus years, look like they don’t support the Second Amendment?” communications director Samuel Newton asked.

Newton eventually got back to me with a written statement from the candidate and two more photos of Plumb firing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun.

“I grew up here in the Southern Tier, and I’m a proud hunter and lifelong military man. I will defend the right of responsible New Yorkers to own guns, which is Constitutionally guaranteed and part of our way of life,” Plumb said.

He went on to say that Reed is intentionally misleading voters and falsely attributed a made-up quote to him at the Yates County SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education) pig roast this summer.