Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Tony Strickland for U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 26th District.
"Tony Strickland has a proven record of protecting our Second Amendment freedoms," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. "His strong support of our rights has earned him an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF, and we proudly endorse him for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives."
While in Congress, Rep. Strickland 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 in California and everywhere else in America. Strickland voted for “The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act,” which would ensure that law-abiding Americans with a valid concealed handgun permit would be able to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry. As a California Assemblyman, he voted against allowing the California government to compile and retain records on long gun purchases.
In contrast, Tony Strickland's opponent, California State Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, has opposed the rights of gun owners throughout her career. As a result, Rep. Brownley is rated "F" by the NRA-PVF.
Brownley voted against a bill to remove burdensome restrictions on law-abiding concealed carry permit holders in California, voted to allow the California government to compile and retain records on long gun purchases, and voted against a bill to prohibit cities and localities from restricting a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. In addition, she refused to return the NRA federal candidate questionnaire, which is a sign of indifference, if not outright hostility, to the rights of gun owners and sportsmen.
"The choice is clear in this election. Tony Strickland will defend our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Julia Brownley will not," Cox continued. "We urge all NRA members and gun owners in California’s 26th District to vote Tony Strickland 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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