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Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Official - NRA-PVF Endorses Endangered Incumbents Nye and Perriello

The NRA-PVF officially released endorsements for Virginia's congressional candidates today and two endorsements are sure to bring howls among some pro-rights supporters in the Commonwealth.  There is a strong anti-incumbent feeling in Virginia just as there is across the nation and it is especially strong in the 2nd and 5th congressional districts where Congressmen Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello are locked in tough re-election battles.  There has been every indication that Nye and Perriello would receive the NRA endorsement based on their short time in congress.  Today NRA confirmed that with the following reasons:

McDonald Case -- Signed the pro-gun congressional "friend of the court" brief in the McDonald case supporting the position that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that protects all Americans

Holder Letter -- Signed the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder with 64 other House Democrats expressing opposition to the reenactment of the failed 1994 Clinton ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines

BATFE Reform -- Cosponsored legislation to force much-needed reform of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE)

Right-to-Carry Reciprocity -- Cosponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act that would extend federal protection of state right to carry licenses and permits across the country

Right-to-Carry in Parks -- Voted last year to allow carry license or permit holders to carry and transport firearms for self-defense in national parks and wildlife refuges

Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act -- Voted for 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

Second Amendment Enforcement Act -- Cosponsored the Second Amendment Enforcement Act that would repeal the D.C. gun ban/registration statute and restore the right of self-defense to law-abiding residents of our nation's capital

Hunting Heritage -- Supports protecting hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management
Will this be enough to win both Nye and Perriello another term in congress?  While Nye's opponent has never held elective office and his NRA "AQ" rating is based on the responses on his questionnaire, Perriello's opponent has a long history as a member of the General Assembly supporting the Second Amendment.  So Robert Hurt earned the same "A" that Perriello earned.  Gun owners will have to decide which of the candidates will best represent their interests in Washington.  It should be an interesting 30 days.

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