Bush 'conflated' story of receiving NRA honor
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush "was mistaken and conflated multiple events unintentionally" when retelling the story of being honored by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Republican presidential candidate's campaign said Monday.

BuzzFeed reported Monday that Bush has touted on multiple occasions being name the NRA's "statesman of the year" and receiving a rifle from then-NRA president Charlton Heston in 2003.

While the NRA rates politicians on their gun records, it doesn't give out such an award, according to the report. And while Heston was originally slated to give Bush the rifle when Bush served as keynote speaker at the NRA's annual meeting in Orlando in 2003, he left early and incoming president Kayne Robinson presented it instead.
 
“In recounting the story, Jeb was mistaken and conflated multiple events unintentionally. Heston met with Jeb at that NRA convention and was the head of the NRA at the time, but it was Kayne Robinson who presented Jeb with the rifle for being keynote speaker,” a Bush campaign spokesperson said in a statement shared with The Hill
 
“Heston had previously said he supported Jeb’s reelection at a 2002 campaign event. Jeb was lauded by the NRA on multiple occasions for his second amendment record, including signing legislation that the NRA dubbed the ‘Six Pack Of Freedom.’ Jeb has a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA," the spokesman added.

This story was updated at 5:53 p.m.