Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Jim Matheson for U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
“Jim Matheson is committed to protecting the Second Amendment and Utah’s hunting and sporting heritage,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “His solid voting record has earned him an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF, and we endorse him for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.”
While serving in Congress, Jim Matheson 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 Utah and everywhere else in America. Matheson signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder with 64 other House Democrats expressing opposition to the reenactment of the failed Clinton ban on semi-automatic firearms. He cosponsored and voted for the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which protected American gun makers from being sued into bankruptcy, and 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.
Matheson voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal, 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 also voted for H.R. 4089, “The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act,” which would promote America’s hunting heritage and positively impact sportsmen throughout the country.
“Jim Matheson respects our right to self-defense and will uphold Utah’s rich hunting heritage,” Cox continued. “As a result, he has earned our support in this election.”
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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