Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Dean Heller for U.S. Senate in Nevada.
“Dean Heller is committed to protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms guaranteed to all Americans,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “His strong dedication and voting record have earned him an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF, and we proudly endorse him for re-election to the U.S. Senate.”
While serving in Congress, Dean Heller 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. Heller also signed a bipartisan letter opposing any international treaty by the United Nations or any other global organization that would impose restrictions on American gun owners. In addition, he voted for H.R. 5827, “The Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act,” which would ensure that a person who filed for bankruptcy would not lose their firearms, thereby maintaining the fundamental right to self-defense.
Heller cosponsored 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. He 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.
In contrast, his opponent, Rep. Shelley Berkley has a long history of opposing our rights and has earned an “F” rating from the NRA-PVF. Berkley refused to sign the historic briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. Berkley voted against an amendment to repeal the D.C. gun ban/registration statue and restore the right of self-defense to law-abiding residents in our nation’s capital. Berkley 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.
“The choice is clear in this election. Dean Heller will support our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage. Shelley Berkley will not,” Cox continued. “We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Nevada to vote Dean Heller 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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