Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Morgan Griffith for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District.
“Morgan Griffith is committed to protecting our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “Because of his strong support of our rights, Griffith has received an “A+” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
Morgan Griffith supports 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. While serving in Congress, Griffith voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal. He cosponsored and voted for H.R. 822, “The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act,” which would ensure that law-abiding Americans with valid concealed handgun permits would be able to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
Griffith opposes a federal gun database and voted for an amendment to prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from circumventing the will of Congress by centralizing records of thousands of Americans’ long gun purchases. He voted for H.R. 4089, “The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act,” which would promote America’s hunting heritage and positively impact sportsmen throughout the country, and sponsored H.R. 4269, legislation to ensure gun owners can legally transport firearms between airports where they are legally allowed to process them. In addition, Griffith cosponsored H.R. 420, “The Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act,” to provide an amnesty period during which veterans and their family members could register firearms acquired overseas between 1934 and 1968 without fear of prosecution.
In contrast, his opponent, Anthony Flaccavento, is rated “?” by the NRA-PVF for refusing to return the NRA federal candidate questionnaire. That refusal is viewed as a sign of indifference or outright hostility to the rights of gun owners and sportsmen.
“The choice for gun owners in this election is clear. Morgan Griffith will respect our right to self-defense and honor our rich hunting heritage. Anthony Flaccavento will not,” concluded Cox. “We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Virginia’s 9th District to vote Morgan Griffith for U.S. House of Representatives 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 rankings. These are based on candidate voting records, public statements and responses to NRA-PVF questionnaires.
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