Lawmakers graded on support, or opposition, of firearms

Friday, September 18, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Capitol 3The trade association for the firearms industry has released a report card for members of the House and Senate, and insists it produced non-partisan grades on all of them. 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation graded all 431 U.S. House representatives and 100 U.S. senators on key legislation that was "of critical importance to the firearm and ammunition industry, Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, and America's hunters and target shooters."

"We've been able to give them an A to F rating and make it easy for voters to understand where they stand," says NSSF's Mark Oliva.

The annual report card can be viewed here. 

NSSF awarded 17 senators and 97 representatives the highest rating of "A+."

That list includes U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) was also among the lawmakers awarded the highest rating.

shooting range guns"This isn't an R or a D issue," insists Oliva. "It's not necessarily that we're going to give every Republican or every Democrat an A or an F. We are really looking at what their voting record was on several bills."

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) was given a B+, for example, and Rep. Connor Lamb (D-Pennsylvania) received a grade of C-.

Sinema, a first-term senator, has bucked her own party more than one-quarter of the time after winning election with Republican support, an Arizona newspaper reported last year. 

"Connor Lamb supported the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act (HR 2179) which was critical to us," Oliva continues. "We want to strengthen penalties for those who are targeting gun retailers and stealing guns right out of the front door."

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