10/23/2013 10:10 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2013

The Time A GOP Congresswoman's Family Failed To Follow Gun Safety Practices

Visit the website of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), and the congresswoman makes her views on the Second Amendment clear.

The second-term Republican stands as a strong proponent of the right to bear arms, writing in the "issues" section of the site that "gun owners must be responsible for the use and care of their guns." That element of responsibility appeared to have fallen apart at Ellmers' home last week.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday that Ellmers' husband, Bret, reported an AR-15 rifle missing from the family's Dunn, N.C. household a week ago. According to police reports, the weapon was left leaning against a gun safe in an unlocked garage after a round of target shooting. Ellmers was in Washington at the time, according to the paper.

"Gun safety is of the utmost importance in their household, which is exactly why she’s so upset and doesn't understand how this happened,” Ellmers' Communication Director Thomas Doheny told the paper.

WTVD-TV adds that the police report did not say whether the weapon was loaded, and the value of the property stolen totaled $1,100 (the gun, its case and a GPS unit). Ellmers received endorsements from the NRA in both 2010 and 2012.


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