BELLEVUE, WA – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has agreed to join the National Advisory Council of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb announced today.

“American gun owners know Tom Coburn as a devoted defender of the Second Amendment, and his addition to our National Advisory Council can only be seen as a considerable asset in our efforts to protect the right to keep and bear arms,” Gottlieb stated.

Sen. Coburn has recently been in the news for raising serious concerns about proposed background check legislation that could establish a de facto gun registration system.

“Tom Coburn’s ability to recognize these attempted backdoor erosions of gun rights is exactly what makes his addition to our advisory council so important at this moment in history,” Gottlieb observed. “He’s smart, attentive to details and he is not afraid to ask the tough questions on Capitol Hill. That’s the kind of fellow whose advice on Second Amendment issues might easily be considered the gold standard.”

A former businessman, Sen. Coburn graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1970 with a degree in accounting. After operating and growing a successful business, he returned to college to become a physician, graduating from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1983, where he was class president. He interned as a general surgeon at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, and did a family practice residency at the University of Arkansas.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Coburn served three terms in the House of Representatives, stepping down in 2001 to fulfill his promise of self-imposed term limits. He was elected to the Senate in 2004. He and his wife, Carolyn, also a graduate of Oklahoma State University, have been married since 1968. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

“CCRKBA is proud to welcome Sen. Coburn to our advisory council,” Gottlieb concluded. “With anti-gun rhetoric spreading like an epidemic, Tom Coburn’s experience and skill on Capitol Hill is strong medicine.”