NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, January 4, 2016, 2:14 PM
A National Rifle Association publication showed the organization’s opposition to an ammunition limit bill with this Tweet Monday morning.
The National Rifle Association targeted a pair of Brooklyn state legislators with an image of bullets next to pictures of the two gun control advocates.
America’s 1st Freedom, an NRA publication, tweeted the image of Democratic State Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Democratic Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon Monday morning.
The organization showed its staunch opposition to a bill the lawmakers unveiled last month limiting ammunition purchases over a 90-day period in a blog post.
Democrat State Sen. Roxanne Persaud of Brooklyn is one of two lawmakers who announced the gun control bill last month.
“In truth, such legislation should simply be laughed off and quickly forgotten,” America’s 1st Freedom wrote on its website. “Unfortunately, the anti-gun climate in New York requires that we all take it seriously. New York gun owners should make sure their representatives know how strongly they oppose this ridiculous assault on their rights.”
Persaud didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Simon told the Daily News the picture was “irresponsible” and simply an attempt by the NRA to intimate her and stir up its base.
“They are clearly trying to be intimidating and it is not working,” Simon said.
She said she has also gotten some threatening emails and tweets since she announced plans for the bill at a Dec. 20th press conference with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“The level of misogyny is dramatic,” she said. “It is amazing how many people have suggested it is too bad we were ever given the right to vote.”
Democratic state Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, shown in a February 2015 file photo, announced proposed new limits on ammo purchases with state Sen. Persaud.
Simon called her bill an “anti-stockpiling bill” and said the goal is to limit the amount an ammunition gun-owners can purchase to no more than twice the capacity of their weapons every 90 days. She stressed, however, they are still working on it and will not be introduced until at least next week.
“We are looking for ways to keep people safe,” she said.
Representatives for Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request to know whether the Tweet violates the company’s policy against threatening posts. Company executives have declined to comment on particular Twitter accounts in the past.