Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
“Tommy Thompson has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “Because of his support of our rights, Tommy Thompson has earned an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
As Wisconsin Governor, Tommy Thompson signed a bill overturning 35 local gun control ordinances, including the Madison handgun ban. Thompson supports 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. In addition, he will oppose any anti-gun nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as any international treaty by the United Nations or any other global organization that would impose restrictions on American gun owners.
In contrast, Tommy Thompson’s opponent, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, has a lengthy and extreme record of opposing the rights of gun owners and sportsmen. As a result, Baldwin has earned an “F” rating by the NRA-PVF.
Baldwin refused to join the historic District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, making it clear that she does not believe the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Wisconsin or anywhere else in America. In addition, Baldwin voted against H.R. 822, “The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act,” 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. Baldwin also voted against H.R. 4089, “The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act,” which would promote America’s hunting heritage and positively impact sportsmen throughout the country; and voted against “The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which protected American gun makers from being sued into bankruptcy.
“The choice in this election is clear. Tommy Thompson will support our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage. Tammy Baldwin will not,” Cox continued. “We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Wisconsin to vote Tommy Thompson 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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