U.S. Senator Tom Coburn has, as a cornerstone to his career, been a stalwart when it comes to gun rights and the Second Amendment, so when he accepted the invitation to join the national advisory council for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Chairman Alan Gottlieb was delighted.

“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. “His 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.”

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.

Recently, the senator made headlines when he walked away from an invasive background check measure proposed by anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). He raised serious concerns about proposed background check legislation that could establish a de facto gun registration system. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the measure on a strict 10-8 party line vote, but it may not fare as well before the entire Senate.

“Tom Coburn is smart, attentive to details and he is not afraid to ask the tough questions on Capitol Hill,” Gottlieb observed. “That’s the kind of fellow whose advice on Second Amendment issues might easily be considered the gold standard.”

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 noted. “With anti-gun rhetoric spreading like an epidemic, Tom Coburn’s experience and skill on Capitol Hill is strong medicine.

“Likewise,” he added, “we are fortunate to have such a Second Amendment champion on Capitol Hill. His public service has been highlighted by a series of efforts to protect the right to keep and bear arms, and that’s why he is so deserving of recognition as the Gun Rights Defender of the month.”