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NRA Endorses Ernst in Iowa Republican Senate Primary

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst for the June 3, 2014 Republican U.S. Senate Primary in Iowa.  Ernst has earned an "A" rating from the NRA-PVF for her leadership on Second Amendment issues in the Iowa Senate. An “A” is reserved for lawmakers who have supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office.                 

As an Iowa State Senator, Ernst supported legislation on state preemption to ensure that Second Amendment rights are not violated by cities. In addition, Ernst supported legislation expanding the right of self defense.  Ernst’s commitment to gun rights, self defense laws and our hunting heritage are clear in responses to the NRA-PVF Federal Candidate Questionnaire where she states her support for national right to carry reciprocity; opposition to an EPA ban on lead ammunition and components; and opposition so-called “universal” background checks that would criminalize the private transfer of a firearm between life-long friends and many family members.

 "Joni Ernst has consistently opposed all attempts to restrict gun rights and has been a true friend of the Second Amendment," noted Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF.  

 “She is one great example of NRA moms all across this country fighting for our freedoms. She's the only candidate in this race with a proven record of defending our rights. I urge all NRA members, gun-owners, and sportsmen in Iowa to vote for Joni Ernst in the June 3rd Republican primary," concluded Cox.

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The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is NRA's political action committee. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates — irrespective of party affiliation — based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire.