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NRA endorses Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio picked up the endorsement of the NRA.

“Marco Rubio is a strong advocate for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman, NRA Political Victory Fund. “He has fought to preserve our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage, and stood strong against President Obama, Hillary Clinton  and former New York City billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s extreme gun-control agenda."

A news release celebrated his highest attainable “A+” rating, "reserved for legislators who have excellent voting records on Second Amendment issues and who have vigorously fought to promote and defend the right to keep and bear arms."

It said Rubio:

Opposes the Obama administration’s efforts to ban firearms, ammunition and magazines, as well as efforts to create a so-called “universal” background check system that would criminalize the private transfer of firearms.

Sponsored legislation to stop the Obama administration from executing an abusive practice – known as “Operation Choke Point” – in which the Department of Justice intimidates banks into refusing or severing financial services to legally operated ammunition and firearms dealers.

Introduced legislation to restore the fundamental individual right of D.C. residents to keep and bear arms.

Opposes anti-gun Supreme Court nominees.

Voted in favor of Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation.

In response, Allison Tant, chair of the Florida Democratic Party said in a statement: “It’s hardly surprising that the NRA would back Marco Rubio, who, after claiming the shooting in Orlando changed his mind on public service, voted against commonsense gun safety measures backed by more than 8 in 10 Floridians. The NRA knows Rubio can be counted on to look out for the gun lobby no matter what his constituents think. Unfortunately for Rubio, the people of Florida have had enough with the NRA’s insistence that nothing can be done to prevent gun violence.”

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 6:58pm]


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