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The 2020 elections are shaping up to be pivotal for the future of the Second Amendment in America, but don’t let the Presidential election overshadow the congressional races that are also happening! Electing our Executive branch is absolutely critical, but it won’t matter much if the legislative branch is taken over by anti-gun congressmen. Today, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearm industry, released its 2020 Congressional Report Card.
The report card grades all 431 U.S. Representatives and 100 U.S. Senators on key gun-rights legislation. Four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives remain vacant. Grades are meant to analyze the level of support of each lawmaker during the 116th Congress and do not constitute an endorsement or opposition to a candidate’s election. The entire report, including the list of key legislation that comprised the scores, is available here.
NSSF awarded 17 U.S. Senators and 97 U.S. Representatives the highest rating of “A+.” This includes U.S. Sens. 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.
“This scorecard is of vital importance to voters as we head into November elections. This tells voters exactly where their lawmakers stand on issues they care about like recreational shooting and hunting and the right to keep and bear arms,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The unparalleled firearm sales this year reflect the importance of ensuring lawmakers continue to protect and support the industry that makes it possible for Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Continued Keane, “This nonpartisan scorecard reflects the voting record of each legislator. These grades indicate their public voting record as well as the weight and importance of these lawmakers sponsoring and co-sponsoring key legislation, their work on committees, letters signed to support issues and leadership to stand for our industry.”