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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association

2008 Candidate Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
Gary Ackerman 0%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 92%
Todd Akin 92%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 92%
Rodney Alexander 92%
Jason Altmire 92%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 92%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 92%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 92%
Brian Baird 67%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 92%
J. Gresham Barrett 92%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 92%
Roscoe Bartlett 92%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 92%
Max Baucus 100%
Melissa Bean 17%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
Shelley Berkley 0%
Howard Berman 0%
Marion Berry 92%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
Judy Biggert 83%
Brian Bilbray 92%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 92%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 92%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 92%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 92%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 92%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 92%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 92%
Rick Boucher 100%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 92%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 92%
Nancy Boyda 42%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 8%
Will Breazeale 92%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 92%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 92%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 92%
Dan Burton 92%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 42%
Steve Buyer 92%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 83%
Eric Cantor 92%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
Dennis Cardoza 92%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 67%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 17%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 92%
Mike Castle 0%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 92%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 100%
Ben Chandler III 92%
Travis Childers 92%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 0%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 92%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 92%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 42%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 92%
Norm Coleman 92%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 92%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 92%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
Jerry Costello 92%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 25%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 92%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 92%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Artur Davis 42%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 0%
Geoff Davis 92%
Lincoln Davis 92%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 0%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 67%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 0%
Bill Delahunt 0%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 92%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 83%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 92%
Norm Dicks 0%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 100%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
Elizabeth Dole 92%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 92%
Gerard Donovan 92%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 0%
Thelma Drake 92%
David Dreier 92%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 92%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
Daniel East 92%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 0%
Chet Edwards 92%
Vern Ehlers 83%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
Brad Ellsworth 92%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 0%
Jo Ann Emerson 92%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 0%
Philip English 92%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 0%
Bob Etheridge 0%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 92%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Tom Feeney 100%
Bob Filner 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 92%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 92%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 92%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 42%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 92%
Barney Frank 0%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 92%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 17%
Elton Gallegly 83%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 92%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 92%
Gabrielle Giffords 25%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 100%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 92%
Bart Gordon 92%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 92%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 92%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 0%
John Hall 0%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 92%
Phil Hare 0%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
Jane Harman 0%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 0%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 92%
Robert Hayes 92%
NM U.S. Senate Jr Martin Heinrich Democratic 92%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 92%
Wally Herger, Jr. 92%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 92%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 83%
Baron Hill 92%
Maurice Hinchey 42%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 42%
HI U.S. Senate Jr Mazie Hirono Democratic 0%
Paul Hodes 83%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 92%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 0%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 92%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 100%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 0%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 0%
CA U.S. House 49 Darrell Issa Republican 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 0%
William Jefferson 0%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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