Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing John Barrasso for U.S. Senate in Wyoming.
“John Barrasso has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “Because of his strong support of our rights, John Barrasso has earned an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
While serving in the U.S. Senate, John Barrasso voted against anti-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and joined the historic briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, which argued that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for all law-abiding Americans. He also voted for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment, which would have ensured that law-abiding Americans with a valid concealed handgun permit would have been able to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry. And Senator Barrasso signed two bipartisan letters opposing any international treaty by the United Nations or any other global organization that would impose restrictions on American gun owners.
In contrast, John Barrasso's opponent, Tim Chesnut, clearly opposes the rights of gun owners. Chesnut supports reinstating the failed Clinton gun ban and supports banning gun-ownership in the District of Columbia, even for self-defense. He also believes in requiring multiple sales reporting of long guns, which would allow the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is responsible for such failed programs as Operation Fast and Furious, to circumvent the will of Congress. As a result, Chesnut is rated “F” by the NRA-PVF.
“The choice in this election is clear. John Barrasso will support our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage. Tim Chestnut will not,” continued Cox. “We urge all NRA members, gun owners, and sportsmen in Wyoming to vote John Barrasso for U.S. Senate on November 6.”
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 ratings and endorsements. These are based on candidate voting records, public statements and responses to NRA-PVF questionnaires.
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