The National Rifle Association formally endorsed George Allen for United States Senate. George Allen is the Republican candidate from Virginia seeking election to the Senate on November 6.
Governor Allen's longstanding support of the Second Amendment was highlighted at the endorsement announcement. Chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), Chris Cox, delivered the following statement for George Allen,
“George Allen has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment. Because of his strong support of our rights, George Allen has earned an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
As Governor of Virginia, George Allen supported and signed Virginia’s Right-to-Carry law, abolished parole for violent criminals, and promoted truth-in-sentencing legislation. While in Congress, Allen cosponsored and voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects American gun makers from being sued into bankruptcy. He also sponsored National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation, cosponsored the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act, and voted to prohibit gun confiscation during states of emergency.
Governor Allen's opponent for U.S. Senate, Democrat Tim Kaine, received the lowest possible rating by the National Rifle Association. Kaine received a "F" rating by the NRA. Kaine is notorious for supporting government action to restrict Second Amendment rights. As DNC Chairman, Kaine supported the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, who has a clear anti-gun record. As Governor, Kaine vetoed HB 1106 that would have permitted law abiding Virginians the right to carry a weapon in a vehicle in a secured container.
NRA-PVF Chairman Chris Cox concluded,
“The choice is clear in this election. George Allen will respect our right to self-defense and honor our rich hunting heritage. Tim Kaine will not. We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Virginia to vote George Allen for U.S. Senate on November 6.”