"No doubt, he's equivocated, backtracked and flip-flopped on the issue," said Missouri Republican strategist Lloyd Smith in a Friday afternoon conference call.
Smith is questioning a radio ad being run by Barack Obama, which features former Washington Redskin Ray Schoenke. "Barack Obama and John McCain will both make sure we can keep our guns," says Schoenke in the spot.
"On the issue of the 2nd amendment, Barack Obama has consistently received an F from the N.R.A," said Smith in the call. "He flip flopped on the gun ban in Washington D.C. . . he can't have it both ways . . . He worked against conceal-carry in Illinois . . . His radio ad . . . is nothing more than an untruth at best, and straight out lie at worst."
Smith also noted that the Supreme Court ruled the D.C. handgun ban "unconstitutional," and that's a position rural Missourians feel "strongly about."
This is what Obama said, in part, after that handgun ruling:
"As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals."
HERE is some background of Obama's record on guns.
HERE is background on McCain's gun record.