Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan claimed that he would reject an endorsement from the National Rifle Association (NRA) if they were to give him one.
On Thursday, just months after a 16-year-old girl was killed during a school shooting, Hogan spoke with a group of students at Great Mills high school, according to The Washington Post.
According to Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse, “He told them he wasn’t expecting it and didn’t want it,” she said of the endorsement. “He doesn’t think the NRA are big fans of his at the moment.”
Hogan had received an endorsement from the NRA during his first gubernatorial campaign in 2014.
Hogan also disagreed with Donald Trump’s idea of arming teachers in order to stop school shootings and claimed that “prayers are not enough.”
The Republican governor has also signed a series of bills to address gun violence in his state. One bill included a ban on “bump stocks” which allow for guns to fire at a higher rate of speed.
He also signed a so-called “red flag law,” which allow law enforcement officers to obtain a court order to confiscate guns from individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others.