Composed of over 5 million members, the NRA is the largest association of gun rights advocates in the country.
“Based on your leadership on Second Amendment issues in the U.S. Senate, you have earned the highest attainable rating, an ‘A+’, from the NRA in the March 1st Republican Primary,” reads the NRA’s endorsement. “And ‘A+’ is reserved for ‘legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
The organization also made note that Shelby has championed National Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation, has been a strong leader in opposing the unconstitutional United Nations Arm Trade Treaty, cosponsored and voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and has fought President Barack Obama‘s Supreme Court nominees.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with our country’s oldest and largest defender of Second Amendment rights throughout my tenure in the Senate,” Shelby said in response to the endorsement. “Earning and maintaining the trust of the NRA and its members is critical to my ability to serve the people of Alabama. Receiving recognition for my staunch support of the right to keep and bear arms by their board at the annual meeting this year was among one of the proudest moments that I have had as a public servant.”
Shelby said, “Not all of the battles that I’ve engaged in Congress with the NRA at my side are high-profile. We’ve done so much work over the years to override regulations and prevent rogue administrations like this one from using bureaucracy to create registries of gun owners and harass firearms manufacturers, sportsmen, and gun enthusiasts alike. These efforts don’t always grab headlines, but keep the Second Amendment as strong in practice as it is on parchment.
“The events of recent weeks demonstrate that the President, his Attorney General, Hillary Clinton, and other politicians would rather push their gun control agenda aimed at disarming law-abiding Americans rather than fight or acknowledge the real security issues facing this nation. We need the National Rifle Association and its members now more than ever, and I’m proud to be their partner. As a sportsman, gun owner, and citizen, I’m honored by their endorsement and support.”