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FCC chairman turns down rifle award from NRA

Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks at the CPAC conference. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ajit Pai has declined the gun NRA awarded him at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference after conferring with the agency's ethics team, Politico first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: During an on-stage appearance at last week's conference — a little over a week after the Parkland school shooting — an NRA executive presented Pai with the "Courage Under Fire Award" for reversing the Obama administration's net neutrality rules. Pai's staff said at the time that the gift was a surprise.

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