NRA-PVF Endorsements Not Yet Announced In Any U.S. Senate Race For November General Election
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
For the record, the NRA-PVF has not yet made an endorsement
in the Nevada U.S. Senate race. In fact, there have
been no announced endorsements for any U.S. Senate seat for the
November general elections-period.
several reasons, we generally do not announce ratings or
endorsements until closer to the elections. There are still votes
to be graded and other information to be evaluated prior to issuing
an accurate grade as Election Day nears.
NRA-PVF looks at the entirety of a candidate's record. We start
with the candidate's voting record (if any), along with answers to
questionnaires, statements and floor speeches the candidate makes
on Second Amendment issues, as well as any action the candidate may
have taken as a committee member or leader.
endorsements are not given lightly, nor are they issued in every
race. An NRA-PVF endorsement is something that has to be earned. As
we do every election year, we wait until all the votes are taken
and evaluate a candidate's entire record. Making a decision
prematurely, before votes are taken, risks giving politicians a
"free pass"-something we can't and won't allow.
It is important to note that the NRA is a single-issue
organization. Our ratings and endorsements are based solely on
a candidate's support for, or opposition to, our Second Amendment
rights. Other issues, as important as they may be to many people,
do not and cannot play any role in those decisions. NRA represents
a broad coalition of American gun owners, who are bound together by
their support for the right to keep and bear arms.
For us to factor non-gun-related issues into our ratings
would foolishly divide our unified base of support on the Second
Amendment. This policy has served NRA and gun owners well over the
past three-plus decades, making us the nation's pre-eminent
pro-Second Amendment advocacy group.
We fully understand that voters must take into account a
variety of issues when deciding for whom to vote. We respect that.
It is our responsibility, however, to provide voters with
information solely on a candidate's position on gun-related issues
so that they may factor that consideration in addition to other
Admittedly, Senator Reid's record is not perfect; few politicians'
records are. For a number of years (primarily in the 1990s) Sen.
Reid had some problematic votes on our issue. But in the last five
years, he has dramatically improved his record on our issue, so the
NRA-PVF would be irresponsible if it did not give due consideration
to those recent votes and actions. There is no doubt that, as
Senate Majority Leader, Reid has supported efforts to protect
Americans' gun rights, both by voting FOR pro-gun measures AND
preventing anti-gun legislation from reaching the Senate floor.
2004, Sen. Reid voted against efforts to reauthorize the Clinton
"assault weapons" ban and early last year, flatly stated he
would oppose any effort to reinstate an "assault weapons" ban if
the Senate were to vote on it in the future. In 2005, Sen.
Reid was instrumental in Senate passage (and eventual enactment
into law) of the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act"
(PLCAA). That law shut down reckless lawsuits against gun
manufacturers and dealers, which attempted to hold them liable for
the misuse of firearms by criminals. Sen. Reid also
cosponsored the PLCAA in the previous Congress and voted against
the Feinstein Amendment to ban so-called "assault weapons" and the
Kennedy Amendment that would have banned most hunting
Reid voted for legislation, which became law in 2006, to prohibit
gun confiscation during states of emergency. He also voted
for legislation to allow commercial airline pilots to be armed in
the cockpit to protect their passengers and crew.
last two years, Sen. Reid voted for the Ensign Amendment to repeal
the Washington D.C. gun ban and restore self-defense rights in
our nation's capital. He cosponsored similar legislation -
S.1414 - in the 108th Congress. He also voted for an
amendment to allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms for
self-defense in national parks and wildlife refuges. This
federal policy change took effect on February 22. In
addition, Sen. Reid voted last year for the Thune-Vitter
Amendment to provide national reciprocity for state Right-to-Carry
permits. Sen. Reid also voted twice for the Wicker
Amendment allowing Amtrak passengers to include firearms in their
checked luggage. In his capacity as Senate Majority Leader,
Harry Reid made votes on all of these amendments procedurally
possible. And these are but a few examples of Senator Reid's
support and leadership on Second Amendment issues.
which leads to a very serious question for all NRA members and gun
owners who oppose Sen. Reid to contemplate: who would take Reid's
place if he loses his race-and his critically important position as
Senate Majority Leader? Remember, the Senate Majority Leader is the
gatekeeper who decides which legislation will be considered on the
Senate floor. If Sen. Reid loses, the next candidate for Majority
Leader is very likely to be Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbin-two of the
most anti-gun U.S. Senators in history!
critical to the defense of the Second Amendment that we have
pro-gun majorities in the U.S. Congress. While no endorsement has
yet been issued in this race, nor any other U.S. Senate race for
the November general election, rest assured that we will make all
of these announcements at the appropriate time and in light of our