A gun range commercial featuring Rep. Madison Cawthorn has been viewed over 170,700 times on Twitter, prompting online criticism over firearm safety and congressional ethics.
Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican, was featured in an advertisement for Shooter’s World, an Arizona shooting range and firearms retailer. Shooter’s World shared the ad to their social media accounts on Christmas Eve.
Throughout the ad, Cawthorn and other people can be seen shooting in rapid fire, a practice that is expressly forbidden in the range’s rules. At one point, Cawthorn is filmed swiftly pulling a handgun out of a holster on his chest before shooting. According to Shooter’s World, “Drawing from the holster is prohibited.”
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a gun rights advocate, faced criticism for apparent gun safety violations during his appearance in an Arizona shooting range’s commercial. https://t.co/okvRJaovTc
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 25, 2021
Besides the horrible weapons handling. This is on the verge of an ethics violation. Members of Congress aren’t allowed to promote private companies. Shooters World should have gotten permission from Cawthorn and Cawthorn should have asked the ethics committee. https://t.co/vHhWRzLYsU
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) December 25, 2021