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10-NRA on Aug 11, 2010

Political Group Ratings: by NRA on pro-gun rights policies
Source: NRA website
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly three million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs.

The following ratings are based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionaire sent to all Congressional candidates; the NRA assigned a letter grade (with A+ being the highest and F being the lowest).

    What the Grades Mean:
  • A+: 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.
  • A: Solidly pro-gun candidate including voting record.
  • AQ: A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record.
  • B: A generally pro-gun candidate; may have opposed some pro-gun reform in the past.
  • C: A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions.
  • D: An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.
  • F: True enemy of gun owners' rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate.
  • ?: Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' rights.

Also see the related 2002 NRA ratings.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Question 10: Absolute right to gun ownership Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Gun Control
  • Headline: by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights (Score: -1)
  • Headline 3: by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 10-NRA

Mike Beebe s1nA-AR Democratic Governor 
Michael Bennet s2nC+CO Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Blumenthal s3nFCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Boxer s3nFCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016) 
Chris Coons s3nFDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Catherine Cortez Masto s2nCNV Democratic Senate candidateMar 18, 2011
Charlie Crist s1nA-FL Democratic Governor Challenger 
Tammy Duckworth s3n7%IL Democratic Senate candidateDec 31, 2012
Vivian Davis Figures s1nA+AL Democratic Senate Challenger (2008); State SenatorDec 31, 2002
NRA Political Victory Fund
Kirsten Gillibrand s3nFNew York Democrat 
Colleen Hanabusa s3n7%Hawaii Democrat (Senate run 2014)Dec 31, 2012
Kamala Harris s3n7%CA Democratic Senate candidateDec 31, 2010
NRA Political Victory Fund
Paul Hodes s1nANew Hampshire Democrat (until 2010) 
Daniel Inouye s3nFHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s2nCVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s3nD+AR Former Democratic Senator 
Joe Manchin III s1nAWV Democratic Senator 
Jim Martin s1nAGA Democratic Senate Challenger (2008)Dec 31, 2000
NRA Political Victory Fund
Walt Minnick s1nB+Idaho Former Democrat (until 2010)Dec 31, 2010
NRA Political Victory Fund
Patty Murray s3nFWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1nBNV Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Joe Sestak s3nFPA Democratic Senate Challenger 
Carol Shea-Porter s3n7%New Hampshire DemocratDec 31, 2012
Candidate Positions on Gun Rights
Peter Shumlin s1nA+VT Democratic Governor (retiring 2016)Dec 31, 2008
NRA Political Victory Fund Lifetime Score
Shap Smith s1nAVT Democratic Gubernatorial ChallengerDec 31, 2010
NRA Political Victory Fund
Natalie Tennant s1n92%WV Democratic Senate ChallengerJan 1, 2012
John Walsh s2n58%MT Democratic Senate ChallengerDec 31, 2011
Ron Wyden s3nFOR Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 10-NRA

Jim Abeler s1n92%MN Republican challengerDec 31, 2012
Sharron Angle s1nANV Republican Challenger (2010) 
Kelly Ayotte s1nANH Republican Jr Senator 
Michael Baumgartner s1nAWA Republican Challenger 
Roy Blunt s1nAMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s1nAAR Republican Jr Senator 
Jan Brewer s1nA+AZ Republican Governor 
Sam Brownback s1nAKS Republican Governor 
Ken Buck s1nACO Republican Challenger (withdrawn) 
Richard Burr s1nANC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Joseph Cao s2nCLouisiana Republican (until 2010)Mar 18, 2011
Cam Cavasso s1nAHI Republican Challenger 
Daniel Coats s2nC+IN Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Tom Coburn s1nAOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Bill Cole s1n86%WV Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidateDec 31, 2012
NRA Political Victory Fund
Michael Crapo s1nA+ID Republican Sr Senator 
Jim DeMint s1nASC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Jim Douglas s1nA+VT Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)Dec 31, 2008
NRA Political Victory Fund Lifetime Score
Chuck Grassley s1nAIA Republican Sr Senator 
Catherine Hanaway s1nBMO Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidateDec 31, 2004
Lifetime Score
John Hoeven s1nAND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Johnny Isakson s1nAGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Ron Johnson s1nAQWI Republican Sr Senator 
Mark Kirk s3nFIL Republican Jr Senator 
Mike Lee s1nAQUT Republican Jr Senator 
Pat McCrory s1n93%NC Republican GovernorDec 31, 2012
Linda McMahon s1nAQCT Republican Challenger 
Jerry Moran s1nAKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Christine O`Donnell s1nAQDE Republican Senate Challenger 
Jim Oberweis s1n83%IL Republican Senate ChallengerJan 1, 2008
Sean Parnell s1nAAK Republican Governor 
Rand Paul s1nAQKY Republican Jr Senator 
Rob Portman s1nAOH Republican Jr Senator 
Dino Rossi s1nAWA Republican Challenger (2010) 
Marco Rubio s1nB+FL Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Phil Scott s1nAVT Republican challenger for GovernorDec 31, 2010
NRA Political Victory Fund
Chris Sununu s1nANH Republican challenger for Governor 
John Thune s1nA+SD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pat Toomey s1nAPA Republican Jr Senator 
Jay Townsend s1nAQNY Republican Challenger (2010) 
David Vitter s1nALA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate 
Kelli Ward s1n86%AZ Republican Senate ChallengerDec 31, 2012

Independents participating in 10-NRA

William Barnes s2n?AL 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Nancy Turbak Berry s1nB+SD Withdrew as 2010 Dem. challenger; currently State SenatorDec 31, 2008
NRA Political Victory Fund
Len Britton s1nAQVT 2010 Republican Challenger 
Robin Carnahan s3nFMO 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; Secretary of State 
Roxanne Conlin s3nDIA 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Jack Conway s1nAKY 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; formerly Attorney General 
Joe DioGuardi s1nBNY 2010 Republican Challenger 
Brad Ellsworth s1nAIN 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Carly Fiorina s1nAQCA 2010 Republican Senate Challenger 
Lee Fisher s3nFOH 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently Lt. Gov. 
Alexi Giannoulias s3nFIL 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer 
Rodney Glassman s2n?AZ 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Sam Granato s2n?UT 2010 Democratic challenger 
Alvin Greene s2nCSC 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Jim Huffman s1nAQOR 2010 Republican Challenger 
Lisa Johnston s2n?KS 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Elaine Marshall s2n?NC 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Scott McAdams s1nAQAK 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Kendrick Meek s3nDFL 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 
Charles Melancon s1nALA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 
Joe Miller s1nAAK Challenger and previous Republican Nominee 
Tracy Potter s2nCND 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Tom Sullivan s1nAQID 2010 Democrat Challenger 
Mike Thurmond s2n?GA 2010 Democratic Challenger 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 28
Republicans: 42
Independents: 24

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