Posted on November 6, 2018

Those Pictures of New Black Panthers Campaigning for Abrams Are Real, and They Aren’t Apologizing

Tia Mitchell, Atlanta Journal-Gazette, November 6, 2018

Hashim Nzinga, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, knows that people are talking about those pictures of members campaigning for Stacey Abrams while carrying long guns. {snip}

And Nzinga understands it may look weird for an organization like his, which encourages members to arm themselves and carry weapons openly, to support a candidate who has advocated for gun control.

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“We were doing what everybody is doing in November,” Nzinga said. “We were campaigning for the candidate that we feel is best to represent our community. And the pictures were taken where we work the best: in our community.”

Georgia law allows people to carry around long guns, like rifles or shotguns. No permit is needed.

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But that doesn’t mean they agree with Abrams on everything, especially the firearm issue.

“Even when she is going against gun laws, which is a foundation of the Panther Party, we still think she is a better candidate that this Trump sympathizer who is openly attacking our community,” Nzinga said.

New Black Panthers “campaigning”