National Rifle Association

Carolina Hidalgo and Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s been less than two weeks since Missouri voters chose nominees for governor. And it’s fair to say that neither candidate wasted much time in fashioning their general election message — or sharply questioning their opponent’s worthiness.

This reporter spent the past few days watching and listening to Chris Koster and Eric Greitens' post-primary speeches. And from what the two men are saying on the stump, Missourians are in for a very contentious campaign — and discourse that may appear familiar.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The National Rifle Association hasn't been shy about touting Missouri-based bills that earned its support.

When Gov. Matt Blunt signed the so-called Castle Doctrine and “Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act” bills, NRA lobbyist Chris Cox joined the Republican chief executive on his  signing tour. Cox said in a prepared statement: “I can’t think of a better early celebration of the 4th of July than by the signing into law of two important bills that reaffirm freedom.”