The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Congressman Mo Brooks’ (R-AL05) campaign for U.S. Senate. Brooks has also been endorsed by the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR).
In a written statement, the NRA-PVF announced their endorsement, basing it on a consistent voting record regarding Second Amendment issues and giving Brooks an “A” rating, which is reserved for pro-gun legislators who support NRA positions.
"You voted against the so-called ‘universal’ background check system, which would criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law-abiding citizens and is only enforceable through a federal firearms registry,” the NRA-PVF wrote. “Additionally, you voted to uphold constitutional due process protections for gun owners and to prevent federal bureaucrats from enacting indefinite delays of firearm purchases for law-abiding Americans, which would turn a fundamental right into a privilege.
"Furthermore, you voted in favor of Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation, which would ensure that millions of law-abiding Americans who can carry a concealed firearm in their home state are able to do so in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry. You also sponsored and voted for legislation that would uphold protections for the lawful interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition. Lastly, you continually oppose the Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gun control agenda of banning lawfully-owned firearms, ammunition and magazines.”
Rep. Brooks thanked the NRA-PVF for their endorsement.
"The endorsements of both the National Rifle Association and National Association of Gun Rights confirms I am the only Senate candidate who, come hell or high water, will actually fight to defend the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms,” Brooks said. “My two principal opponents masquerade as 2nd Amendment defenders, but their past conduct reveals they are not fighters and are nothing more than Senate 'Surrender Caucus' wannabes.”
Brooks slammed GOP opponent Mike Durant.
"Mike Durant is on video stating America should disarm citizens to restore law and order in our cities,” Brooks said. “That is NOT defending the 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms.”
Durant and Katie Britt chastised Brooks for voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) when it passed out of the House of Representatives. Brooks said that he did so because of provisions in the bill making it easier to take guns away from servicemembers, a requirement that women register for the draft and other leftist priorities. The Senate eventually removed these provisions, and Brooks voted in favor of the final version of the NDAA.
"Both Mike Durant and Katie Britt publicly attacked me for voting to defeat Red Flag Laws that empower the government to seize a citizen’s weapons and force a citizen to litigate to get his weapons back if the seizure is unlawful,” Brooks said referring back to that NDAA vote. “That is NOT defending the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
"I thank the NRA for helping to take the mask off the pretenders in this Senate race. I ask the citizens of Alabama who support the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms for their vote because I am the only candidate they can rely on who has actually fought, and will actually fight, to defend our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.”
Brooks is an attorney who began his career as a prosecutor. He has held a number of offices including state representative, county commissioner, district attorney and congressman.
Lillie Boddie, Britt, Brooks, Karla Dupriest, Durant, and Jake Schafer are all running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Will Boyd, Brandaun Dean, and Lanny Jackson are all running for the Democratic nomination for Senate.
Both primaries are on May 24. The two nominees will face each other in the Nov. 8 general election.
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