Senator Kirsten Gillibrand supported Americans’ right to carry high-powered guns. She had an A rating from the NRA and used to brag about having two rifles under her bed when she was in the House.
Advocates for gun rights say she’s sold her soul for political gain.
“I think gun owners probably view her in ways they view Mitt Romney. How do you trust someone when they change their stance and politics?” said Richard Feldman, head of the Independent Firearms Owners Association.
Her office noted that her old district “did not [have] the same issues of gang and gun violence” as other parts of the state.