U.S. Senator John McCain’s re-election campaign today announced that the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) has endorsed Senator McCain for re-election to the United States Senate.
“John McCain has steadfastly voted against every gun and ammunition ban in Congress,” said Chris W. Cox, Chairman of NRA-PVF, in a statement released Thursday. "This along with his commitment to preserving our hunting heritage has earned him the NRA-PVF’s endorsement. We ask all Arizona gun-owners, hunters and NRA members to vote for John McCain in the U.S. Senate Republican primary on August 24th.”
“The National Rifle Association has boldly protected Americans’ Constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for more than 125 years, and I am humbled and honored by their endorsement,” said McCain. “For more than two decades, I've fought efforts to ban guns and ammunition, and stood in defense of our Second Amendment -- I look forward to continuing to work closely with the NRA in the battles ahead.”
In their press release, the NRA-PVF cited McCain’s strong record of support for Second Amendment rights, including:
- “Sen. McCain voted to end reckless lawsuits against gun manufacturers and to prohibit gun confiscation from law-abiding Americans during states of emergency. He is leading the fight to restore self-defense rights in Washington, D.C. through his introduction of the Second Amendment Enforcement Act.
- “McCain signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the individual right to keep and bear arms in the historic Heller case. He also signed the congressional amicus brief stating that the Second Amendment applies to all Americans, no matter where they live, in the McDonald case currently before the Court.
- “Sen. McCain’s consistent opposition to the failed Clinton semi-auto ban, dating back to the original votes in 1993, has made him a friend to gun owners across the country. He continues to be a strong voice in fighting ongoing efforts by the United Nations to dismantle the Second Amendment.”
NRA-PVF Chairman Chris Cox today wrote to McCain that his members "particularly appreciate your courage in standing up to the anti-gun officials in the Obama Administration. With increasing calls for the reinstatement of the semi-auto ban, your leadership and stature in the U.S. Senate will be more important than ever to protect our liberties. Additionally, your ongoing efforts to provide real border security rather than give into the call for more restrictions on the rights of law-abiding Americans is crucial to the protection of our Second Amendment freedoms."
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