Fairfax, Va. -- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Pat Toomey for U.S. Senate this November. The announcement was made today at a series of events throughout Pennsylvania by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-PVF Chairman Chris W. Cox. LaPierre and Cox were joined by Pat Toomey in Green Tree, Clarks Summit and York, Pennsylvania.
"Pat Toomey is dedicated to fighting for our freedom. He earned the NRA-PVF endorsement because he has always supported our freedoms," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. "Pennsylvania gun owners and hunters need that level of dedication in the U.S. Senate."
Pat Toomey had an outstanding record of supporting gun rights while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his time in Congress, Toomey voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prevents attempts to bankrupt the American gun industry through bogus lawsuits. He also voted for the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act to repeal the D.C. gun ban and restore gun rights to residents of our nation's capital and provided solidly pro-gun responses to our federal candidate questionnaire.
Toomey's record is in stark contrast to that of his opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak, who has voted against the right of self-defense for law-abiding Americans and signed on as a co-sponsor to renew the failed 1994 gun ban. Sestak has also been endorsed by, and has received political contributions from, extremist anti-gun and anti-hunting groups. Sestak also received the personal endorsement of one of the leading opponents of hunters, gun owners and freedom, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City.
"Pat Toomey's pro-gun record and steadfast support for individual gun ownership rights speaks for itself, earning him an 'A' rating from the NRA-PVF," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. "On November 2nd, we urge all Pennsylvania NRA members and gun owners to vote for the one candidate in this race with a proven record of standing up for our rights -- Pat Toomey."
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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