Rating Group: National Rifle Association

2008 Candidate Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 100%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 100%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 92%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 92%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 92%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 92%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 0%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 92%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 75%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 0%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 0%
CA U.S. House-12 Nancy Pelosi D 0%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 0%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 0%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 42%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 0%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 0%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 0%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 0%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 92%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 92%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 0%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 0%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 0%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 0%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 0%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 0%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 92%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 0%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 92%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 0%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 17%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 92%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 92%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 0%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 0%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 92%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 0%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 17%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 0%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 25%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 0%
FL U.S. House-1 Jeff Miller R 92%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 92%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 0%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 92%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 92%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 0%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 92%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 0%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 0%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 92%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 50%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam R 92%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 100%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 92%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 0%
GA U.S. House-5 John Lewis D 0%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 92%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 67%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 92%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 0%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 0%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 100%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 92%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 0%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 0%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 0%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 17%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutiérrez D 0%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 92%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 0%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 0%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 42%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 92%
IL Mayor-At-Large Rahm Emanuel D 0%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 92%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 0%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 17%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 92%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 92%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 92%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 92%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 83%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 0%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 92%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 92%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 92%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 0%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 0%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 0%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 0%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 0%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 0%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 0%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 0%
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 0%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 0%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 0%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 0%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 92%
MI U.S. House-7 Tim Walberg R 92%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 0%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 92%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 0%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 92%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 92%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 0%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 92%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 92%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 0%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 0%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 92%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 92%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 92%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. D 0%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 0%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 42%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 92%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 0%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 92%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 92%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 92%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 92%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 83%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 17%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 92%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 0%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 0%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 0%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 17%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 33%
NM U.S. Senate-Jr Martin Heinrich D 92%
NM U.S. House-2 Steve Pearce R 92%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 92%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 92%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 17%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 0%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 0%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 0%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 0%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 0%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 0%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 0%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 0%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano Other 0%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 0%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 0%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 0%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 83%
OH U.S. House-1 Steve Chabot R 100%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 92%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 92%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 92%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 42%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 92%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 92%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 92%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 100%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 92%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 92%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 92%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 92%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 0%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 67%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 0%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 0%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 92%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle D 0%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 92%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 92%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 92%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 0%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 0%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 92%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 100%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 0%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 92%
TN U.S. House-1 Phil Roe R 92%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 92%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 92%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 92%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 42%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 92%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 100%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 92%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 92%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 92%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 92%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 92%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 92%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 0%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 92%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 92%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 92%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 92%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 42%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 0%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 92%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 100%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 92%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 92%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 92%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 92%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 0%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 92%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 100%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 0%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 92%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 92%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 25%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 92%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 92%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 83%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 67%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 92%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 0%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 75%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 42%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 0%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 0%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 92%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 75%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 0%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 92%
WV U.S. Senate-Jr Shelley Capito R 92%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 92%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 92%
Neil Abercrombie 8%
Gary Ackerman 0%
Todd Akin 92%
Rodney Alexander 92%
Jason Altmire 92%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 92%
Michele Bachmann 92%
Spencer Bachus 92%
Brian Baird 67%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
John Barrow 92%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
Max Baucus 100%
Melissa Bean 17%
Shelley Berkley 0%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 92%
Judy Biggert 83%
Brian Bilbray 92%
Tim Bishop 0%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 92%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 92%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 92%
Nancy Boyda 42%
Bruce Braley 8%
Will Breazeale 92%
Paul Broun 92%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 92%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 92%
Dave Camp 92%
John Campbell III 83%
Eric Cantor 92%
Dennis Cardoza 92%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 67%
Mike Castle 0%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 92%
Saxby Chambliss 100%
Ben Chandler III 92%
Travis Childers 92%
Howard Coble 92%
Norm Coleman 92%
Jerry Costello 92%
Artur Davis 42%
Geoff Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 92%
Bill Delahunt 0%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 83%
Norm Dicks 0%
John Dingell 100%
Elizabeth Dole 92%
Gerard Donovan 92%
Thelma Drake 92%
David Dreier 92%
Daniel East 92%
Chet Edwards 92%
Vern Ehlers 83%
Brad Ellsworth 92%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
Philip English 92%
Bob Etheridge 0%
Tom Feeney 100%
Bob Filner 0%
Barney Frank 0%
Elton Gallegly 83%
Jim Gerlach 92%
Gabrielle Giffords 25%
Phil Gingrey 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
Bart Gordon 92%
Kay Hagan 0%
John Hall 0%
Ralph Hall 92%
Phil Hare 0%
Tom Harkin 0%
Jane Harman 0%
Doc Hastings 92%
Robert Hayes 92%
Wally Herger, Jr. 92%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 92%
Baron Hill 92%
Maurice Hinchey 42%
Paul Hodes 83%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 92%
Rush Holt, Jr. 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 0%
Daniel Johnson 83%
Tim Johnson 92%
Timothy Johnson 92%
Steve Kagen 92%
Paul Kanjorski 92%
Ric Keller 92%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Jack Kingston 100%
Larry Kissell 92%
Ron Klein 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 92%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
John Kuhl, Jr. 92%
Nicholas Lampson 92%
Mary Landrieu 42%
Tom Latham 92%
Steve LaTourette 92%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
B.J. Lawson, Jr. 83%
Carl Levin 0%
Jerry Lewis 92%
John Linder 92%
Dan Lungren 67%
Connie Mack IV 92%
Tim Mahoney 92%
Danny Mansell 92%
Don Manzullo 92%
Jim Marshall 92%
Jim Matheson 92%
Carolyn McCarthy 0%
Thaddeus McCotter 92%
John McHugh 92%
Mike McIntyre 92%
Buck McKeon 92%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 25%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 92%
Mike Michaud 92%
Gary Miller 92%
George Miller 0%
Brad Miller 0%
Harry Mitchell 25%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 0%
Jim Moran, Jr. 0%
Carl Mumpower III 92%
Patrick Murphy 25%
Jack Murtha 92%
Marilyn Musgrave 92%
Sue Myrick 92%
Jim Oberstar 75%
Dave Obey 83%
John Olver 0%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 92%
Ed Pastor 0%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 0%
Tom Petri 83%
Todd Platts 83%
Earl Pomeroy 75%
Jon Porter, Sr. 92%
Mark Pryor 33%
George Radanovich 92%
Nick Rahall II 92%
Denny Rehberg 92%
Silvestre Reyes 75%
Laura Richardson 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 17%
Ciro Rodriguez 67%
Mike Rogers 92%
Mike Ross 100%
Steve Rothman 0%
John Salazar 92%
William Sali 92%
Jean Schmidt 92%
Allyson Schwartz 0%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 92%
Christopher Shays 0%
Carol Shea-Porter 0%
Heath Shuler 92%
Ike Skelton 92%
Gordon Smith 83%
Vic Snyder 0%
Hilda Solis 0%
Mark Souder 100%
Zack Space 92%
John Spratt, Jr. 25%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 100%
Ted Stevens 100%
Bart Stupak 92%
John Sullivan 92%
John Sununu 92%
Betty Sutton 0%
John Tanner 92%
Ellen Tauscher 0%
Gene Taylor 92%
Harry Teague 92%
Lee Terry 92%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
John Tierney 0%
Edward Tinsley 92%
Ed Towns 0%
Robert Tuke 67%
Mark Udall 42%
Zach Wamp 92%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 0%
Hugh Webster 92%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 0%
Darren White 92%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 92%
Frank Wolf 75%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 0%
Bill Young 75%

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