Fairfax, Va. -- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Chris Dudley for Governor in Oregon's 2010 general election.
"Chris Dudley proudly supports gun owners and hunters in Oregon," said Chris Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. "His commitment to preserving the Second Amendment has earned him an 'A' rating and the NRA-PVF's endorsement."
Chris Dudley will be a strong voice in fighting ongoing attempts by anti-gun politicians to dismantle the Second Amendment. He agrees with the Supreme Court view that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, regardless of where you live. He supports efforts to ensure uniformity in state gun laws and prevent a patchwork of confusing local ordinances and regulations across the state.
In stark contrast, his opponent, former Governor John Kitzhaber, vetoed NRA-backed legislation containing landmark revisions to the state's firearms preemption law, which the Oregon Legislature overrode. Kitzhaber also vetoed legislation protecting shooting range facilities against bogus lawsuits, where law enforcement and civilians train to safely handle and use firearms and where hunters sight-in their rifles before season. For his opposition to the rights of Oregon gun owners, Kitzhaber has received an 'F' rating from the NRA-PVF.
"The difference between the two candidates in Oregon's race for governor could not be more clear," concluded Cox. "Gun owners and sportsmen need to make their voices heard in this critical election, and I encourage them to vote Chris Dudley for Governor this fall."
Chris W. Cox is NRA's chief lobbyist. He also serves as chairman of NRA-PVF. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is responsible for political candidate rankings. These are based on candidate voting records, public statements and responses to NRA-PVF questionnaires.
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