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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners of America

2003 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
Karen McCarthy F-
Thaddeus McCotter A
James McCrery III B-
John McHugh B
Scott McInnis A-
Michael McNulty F
Martin Meehan F-
Kendrick Meek, Sr. F-
Juanita Millender-McDonald F-
Brad Miller F
Alan Mollohan A-
Dennis Moore F
Jack Murtha C-
Marilyn Musgrave A+
Sue Myrick C-
Ben Nelson F
George Nethercutt, Jr. A-
Robert William Ney A
Don Nickles B-
Anne Northup C-
Charles Norwood, Jr. A
James Nussle C
Jim Oberstar D
Dave Obey D
John Olver F-
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. C
Thomas William Osborne C
Doug Ose F
Major Owens F-
Michael Oxley C
Ron Paul A+
Donald Payne F-
John Peterson A-
Charles Pickering, Jr. A-
Todd Platts C
Richard Pombo A
Earl Pomeroy F
Jon Porter, Sr. A
Deborah Pryce B
Jack Quinn F
George Radanovich A-
James Ramstad F
Ralph Regula C
Denny Rehberg A-
Richard Renzi A
Silvestre Reyes F
Thomas Reynolds B-
Ciro Rodriguez F
Mike Ross B
Steve Rothman F-
Jim Ryun A
Martin Olav Sabo F-
Max Sandlin, Jr. C
Rick Santorum C
Paul Sarbanes F-
Jim Saxton D
Edward Schrock A-
John Shadegg A
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. C-
Christopher Shays F-
Donald Sherwood A-
Robert Ruhl Simmons B
Ike Skelton C
Gordon Smith D
Nick Smith F
Olympia Snowe C-
Vic Snyder F
Hilda Solis F
Mark Souder B-
Arlen Specter C-
John Spratt, Jr. F
Pete Stark F-
Cliff Stearns B-
Charles Stenholm C
Ted Stevens D
Ted Strickland B
Bart Stupak F-
John Sullivan A
John Sununu B
John Sweeney A-
James Talent B
Tom Tancredo B
John Tanner B
Ellen Tauscher F-
William Tauzin A-
Charles Taylor A
Gene Taylor A-
Craig Thomas B
William Thomas B-
Todd Tiahrt A
Ed Towns F-
Stephanie Tubbs Jones F-
James Turner C
George Voinovich D
James Walsh D
Zach Wamp C
John Warner F
Diane Watson F-
Mel Watt F
Anthony Weiner F-
David Weldon B
W. Curtis Weldon D
Gerald Weller C-
Robert Wexler F-
Heather Wilson B-
Lynn Woolsey F-
David Wu F-
Albert Wynn F-
Bill Young C-

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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