No rifle for the chairman.

After coming under fire for apparently accepting the National Rifle Association’s “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award”—a rifle—during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has decided not to accept the award after all. The chairman’s office sent letters to the NRA and CPAC, saying, in part, “Once my staff became aware of what was happening, they asked backstage that the musket not be presented to me to ensure that this could be first discussed with and vetted by career ethics attorneys in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel. Therefore, upon their counsel, I must respectfully decline the award. I have also been advised by the FCC’s career ethics attorneys that I would not be able to accept the award upon my departure from government service.”