Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Pete Hoekstra for U.S. Senate in Michigan.
“Pete Hoekstra 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, Pete Hoekstra has earned an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
While in Congress, Pete Hoekstra 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. Hoekstra also opposes any international treaty by the United Nations or any other global organization that would impose restrictions on American gun owners. He cosponsored and voted for “The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which protected American gun makers from being sued into bankruptcy, and he cosponsored H.R. 197, “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.
In contrast, Hoekstra's opponent, incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow, has a clear record of opposing the Second Amendment. As a result, Stabenow has earned an “F” rating by the NRA-PVF. Stabenow voted to confirm anti-gun Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and refused to join the bipartisan briefs in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. She also voted against an amendment that would repeal Washington D.C.’s gun ban, voted against allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry and transport firearms for self-defense in national parks and wildlife refuges, and voted against the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment.
“The choice in this election is clear. Pete Hoekstra will fight to protect our Second Amendment freedoms. Debbie Stabenow will not,” continued Cox. “We encourage all NRA members, gun owners, and sportsmen in Michigan to vote Pete Hoekstra 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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