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NRA Releases Grades & Endorsements for June 12 Primary Election

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Endorses McMaster & Wilson for Re-Election in South Carolina

Fairfax, Va.— On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Gov. Henry McMaster and Attorney General Alan Wilson for re-election in South Carolina. 

Based on their track record of proven support for the Second Amendment, McMaster and Wilson have each earned “A” ratings from the NRA-PVF for the June 12, 2018 Republican primary election.  An “A” rating is reserved for a pro-gun lawmaker who has a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.   

“During his years in public service, Gov. McMaster has staunchly defended the Second Amendment from encroachment on the local, state and federal level,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-PVF chairman. “Thanks to his efforts, South Carolina’s concealed carry permit holders are able to protect themselves and their families.”

As governor, McMaster signed legislation to change South Carolina’s bankruptcy laws to ensure gun owners who are struggling financially are not forced to sell their firearms to pay off debts.

McMaster has also demonstrated unwavering support for constitutional carry legislation. Thanks to his efforts, South Carolinians are one step closer to more freely exercising their Second Amendment right to self–defense.

NRA-PVF is also endorsing Attorney General Alan Wilson for re-election. Wilson has been a strong advocate for the Second Amendment throughout his career in public service.

“When the city of Greenville moved to impose gun control,  Attorney General  Wilson issued a strong opinion affirming the primacy of state law over local law when it comes to the regulation of firearms," stated Cox.

Wilson has worked to expand the rights of law-abiding gun owners by using his position to advocate for national concealed carry reciprocity.  This important legislation would ensure that the ability of South Carolinians to carry concealed does not end at the state line.

Both McMaster and Wilson believe hunting is a valuable tool for wildlife management and conservation.  They have both rejected expanded licensing and registration schemes and so-called “universal” background checks, which require federal government approval for transferring firearms between lifelong friends and family members.

“We can count on Henry McMaster and Alan Wilson to stand up for our constitutional freedoms in South Carolina,” added Cox. “On behalf of the NRA’s nearly six million members, I want to thank Henry and Alan for their steadfast support of the Second Amendment and urge all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen in South Carolina to vote Henry McMaster for governor and Alan Wilson for attorney general in the Republican primary election on June 12.” 

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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.