JOHN THUNE WILL DEFEND YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!
John Thune is "A+" Rated by NRA-PVF
Supports Pro-Gun Judges Thune voted to confirm numerous pro-Second Amendment judges to the federal judiciary, including Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Supports Right-to-Carry Thune voted for Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation, which would ensure that the millions of law-abiding Americans who can carry a concealed firearm in their home state are able to do so in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
Opposes Semi-Auto Bans Thune voted against a failed semi-auto ban that would ban commonly owned firearms used for hunting, recreational shooting and self-defense.
Opposes Criminalizing Private Transfers Thune voted against the Biden/Schumer so-called “universal” background check system that would criminalize the private transfer of firearms, which is only enforceable through a federal firearm registry.
Opposes Backdoor Gun Bans Thune voted to repeal an Obama/Biden-era scheme that forced Social Security recipients to choose between their benefits and their Second Amendment right to possess a firearm.
Supports Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights Thune voted for legislation that would protect veterans’ Second Amendment rights
Opposes Government Blacklists Thune voted against legislation denying persons on secret government lists their Second Amendment right to purchase or own a firearm without due process.
Opposes Government Confiscation Thune voted against Red Flag gun confiscation schemes which would strip Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans without due process.
Supports South Dakota Sportsmen Thune voted to expand access for hunting and shooting, benefitting sportsmen throughout South Dakota and the country.
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The NRA-PVF is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements. Our decisions are not based on a candidate's party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues. The NRA is a single issue organization. The only issues on which we evaluate candidates seeking elected office are gun-related issues.
Indicates an NRA Endorsed Candidate.
A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.
Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.
A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate's responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a "B" candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.
Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.
An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.
True enemy of gun owners' rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners' rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.
Refused to answer the NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire or a candidate who has made contradictory statements or taken positions that are inconsistent with the candidate's answers to the NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire or previous record. A rating of "?" often indicates indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights.
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