Gun group attacks gun control lobbyist who fired assault rifle

Posted on: 1:18 pm, January 31, 2013, by , updated on: 01:35pm, January 31, 2013

Lobbyist Adam Eichberg with GOP lawmakers in 2010, left, is being criticized by Rocky Mountain gun owners, who created the image on the right. (Photo: Facebook)

Lobbyist Adam Eichberg with GOP lawmakers in 2010, left, is being criticized by Rocky Mountain gun owners, who created the image on the right. (Photo: Facebook)

DENVER — In the brewing battle over guns and gun laws, even the lobbyists are fair game.

Dudley Brown, who directs Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado’s most strident defenders of gun rights, opposes any and all efforts to expand background checks or ban weapons.

And, in a Facebook post published on the group’s site Wednesday, Brown is calling one of the Capitol lobbyists spearheading the charge for gun control a “hypocrite”.

Adam Eichberg, who along with Headwaters Strategies partner Will Coyne has signed a contract to represent “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”, the group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is pictured holding a high-powered rifle and labeled: “hypocrite.”

Brown edited the image from a photo taken in 2010 when Eichberg joined other lawmakers and lobbyists for Sen. Greg Brophy’s “Bike and Blast”, a day on the lawmaker’s Wray ranch riding bikes and taking aim at watermelons with semiautomatic weapons.

“He’s working for a guy (Bloomberg) who has been rabidly banging the gong to ban ‘assault rifles’ yet he himself, for fun and recreation, goes to a political fundraiser to shoot those very firearms he claims are evil,” Brown told FOX31 Denver. “The smile on his face doesn’t seem to indicate he thinks they are evil.”

Eichberg laughed off Brown’s attack at the Capitol Thursday and said that having once held and fired an assault weapon and working to limit their usage now doesn’t make him a hypocrite at all.

“I have shot a number of different weapons,” Eichberg told FOX31 Denver. “Firing an AR-15 gave me an understanding of how dangerous military style assault weapons are and perspective on what limited role they should play in our society.”