Anti-Gun NC Mayor Backed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns DEFEATED Yesterday
Jackie Holcombe, the former mayor of Morrisville, NC who made headlines earlier this year when she asked vendors in her area to stop selling semi-automatic rifles.
According to local media reports,
Holcombe has drawn the ire of both the National Rifle Association and Grassroots NC for asking Gander Mountain to stop selling semi-automatic rifles at its local store and for joining the Mayors Against Illegal Guns lobbying group.
Holcombe has aggressively sought to retain her post, despite the controvery, taking out a front-page ad on the News & Observer on election day, raising about $12,500 for her campaign and frequently updating her social media accounts.
Holcombe was also a member of former New York City Mayor and anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns has faced a host of criticism and defeats this year. Most recently the group was defeated in the Colorado recall elections of anti-gun state senators Angela Giron and John Morse. The group campaigned hard for the senators, but failed to protect the senators against recall amid a strong grassroots campaign.
There have also been recent allegations that the group has offered to pay off mayors who attempt to leave the organization in order protect dwindling membership numbers.
Earlier this year, the group took heat for including the names of criminals, notably one of the Boston Bombing suspects, in a list of “victims of gun violence”.
The group has also been in hot water for using New York City’s taxpayer funded resources in its lobbying efforts. Including hosting its websites on city web servers and using city paid employees for lobbying efforts in other states and at the national level.
The group has also had poor turnout at stops on its anti-gun bus tour, with pro gun protestors often outnumbering the anti-gun protestors.
A few months ago it was reported that over 50 mayors have left the group recently, and recruiting efforts of newly elected mayors are falling flat.