Fairfax, Va.-- The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Brad Ellsworth for election to the U.S. Senate this November.
"Brad Ellsworth has defended the Second Amendment freedoms and hunting traditions of Indianans in the U.S. House of Representatives," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. "He has earned the NRA-PVF endorsement in his bid for the U.S. Senate."
As a member of Congress, Ellsworth successfully sponsored an amendment that ensures serviceable and once-fired small arms cartridge cases are made available for commercial sale and voted to repeal the D.C. gun ban/registration statute and restore the right of self-defense to law-abiding residents of our nation's capital. He also cosponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment, which would extend federal protection of state right-to-carry licenses and permits across the country, as well as legislation to force much-needed reform of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In addition, Ellsworth signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of our individual right to keep and bear arms in the historic Heller case, as well as the brief stating that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that applies to all Americans in the McDonald case. He also signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder opposing the reenactment of the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines.
"Brad Ellsworth's pro-gun voting record and support for individual gun ownership rights has earned him an "A" rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF," Cox continued. "We ask all Indiana gun-owners, hunters and NRA members to vote Brad Ellsworth for U.S. Senate on November 2."
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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