PolitiFact Florida: Patrick Murphy wants to ban ‘commonly owned semi-automatic firearms,’ NRA says


This article appeared on PolitiFact.com on Oct. 11, 2016.

The National Rifle Association is firing allegations at U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, saying the Democratic Senate hopeful wants to take away voters’ guns.

The gun rights group’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, attacked Murphy in a mailer we received on Oct. 4, 2016. The flier listed several reasons why Murphy is against guns.

“Murphy supports a gun ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used for hunting, recreational shooting and self defense,” one of the items read.

That sounds like Murphy, now running against incumbent Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, wants to make it illegal to own a wide range of weapons, so we zeroed in on that statement. Continue reading