Some gun owners are questioning whether the new "American Rifle and Pistol Association" is actually a pro-gun control organization.
Since its launch on July 4, the group has been called a "false flag group" by people on various gun websites, forums and blogs.
The American Rifle and Pistol Association website states:
We are a member-centric, nationwide, organization that provides a digital-age voice for responsible firearms owners in America who feel their voice isn’t being adequately represented. Become a member and add your voice to one of the fastest growing communities of responsible gun owners in America today.
"Here we are again, not so far away from important 2014 elections, and we have another fraudulent pro-gun group for the people," wrote Gunalizer.com.
Ammoland.com wrote: "If you disagree with us, fine. Stand up and be heard. But don't put on a mask and lie about your true intentions."
American Rifle and Pistol Association president Robert Gelinas told USNews.com: "I guess there's a few Democrats among us, but the whole idea behind this organization was to actually have a debate... The whole notion of firearms debate isn't a debate, though. The minute anyone tries to voice any ideas about public safety, it immediately gets shut down and they say: 'You guys are communist' and 'Go to Hell' and the whole nine yards."
The website also has this to say in its FAQ section:
"Is SANE “firearms management” just another phrase for gun control?
No – especially if you understand that the often used phrase “gun control” most often refers to the ceaseless attempts by politicians and/or unelected regulators to pass “feel good” regulations and restrictions that only add inconvenience, burdensome costs, and potential legal risk to law abiding citizens while doing nothing practical and effective to address violent crime or gun-related tragedies.
Sources: AMRiflePistol.com, USNews.com, Ammoland.com, Gunalizer.com