During the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, the National Rifle Association honored Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai with a rifle after working to undo the Obama administration’s 2015 net neutrality rules.
The NRA honor Pai on Friday with the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award,” an honor named for the late actor who was an NRA president.
The award, which is to stay at the NRA’s museum in Fairfax, Virginia, is a Kentucky long rifle.
According to NRA official Carolyn Meadows, the association was not allowed to bring the weapon up on stage.
Pai defended his decision to gut net neutrality during his acceptance speech at CPAC.
“Some people urged me to go for sacrifice bunts and singles and try to nibble around the edges — make some minor changes,” Pai said. “But I don’t play small ball.”