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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
Gary Ackerman 0%
Todd Akin 92%
Rodney Alexander 92%
Jason Altmire 92%
Rob Andrews 0%
Michael Arcuri 33%
Joe Baca, Sr. 92%
Brian Baird 67%
J. Gresham Barrett 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%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 92%
Mary Bono Mack 67%
Dan Boren 100%
Leonard Boswell 92%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 92%
Nancy Boyda 42%
Will Breazeale 92%
Henry Brown, Jr. 92%
Ginny Brown-Waite 92%
Dan Burton 92%
Steve Buyer 92%
Eric Cantor 92%
Dennis Cardoza 92%
Russ Carnahan 0%
Christopher Carney 67%
Mike Castle 0%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 92%
Ben Chandler III 92%
Travis Childers 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%
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%
Gabrielle Giffords 25%
Charlie Gonzalez 0%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 100%
Bart Gordon 92%
John Hall 0%
Phil Hare 0%
Jane Harman 0%
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%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 92%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 0%
William Jefferson 0%
Daniel Johnson 83%
Tim Johnson 92%
Steve Kagen 92%
Paul Kanjorski 92%
Ric Keller 92%
Patrick Kennedy 0%
Dale Kildee 0%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 0%
Larry Kissell 92%
Ron Klein 0%
Joseph Knollenberg 92%
Dennis Kucinich 0%
John Kuhl, Jr. 92%
Nicholas Lampson 92%
Steve LaTourette 92%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
B.J. Lawson, Jr. 83%
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%
Thaddeus McCotter 92%
John McHugh 92%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 25%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 92%
Brad Miller 0%
Harry Mitchell 25%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 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%
Ron Paul 83%
Donald Payne 0%
Todd Platts 83%
Earl Pomeroy 75%
Jon Porter, Sr. 92%
George Radanovich 92%
Denny Rehberg 92%
Silvestre Reyes 75%
Laura Richardson 0%
Ciro Rodriguez 67%
Mike Ross 100%
Steve Rothman 0%
William Sali 92%
Jean Schmidt 92%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 0%
John Shadegg 92%
Christopher Shays 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%
Todd Tiahrt 100%
Edward Tinsley 92%
Ed Towns 0%
Robert Tuke 67%
Zach Wamp 92%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Hugh Webster 92%
Anthony Weiner 0%
Robert Wexler 0%
Darren White 92%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 92%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 0%
Bill Young 75%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 8%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 0%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 0%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 0%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 8%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 0%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 42%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 0%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 17%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 0%
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%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 42%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 0%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 42%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 0%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 92%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 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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