Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), along with the NRA's endorsement in Montana's June 5th Senate primary election.
In a letter, NRA Director of Federal Affairs James J. Baker thanks Rehberg for his "solid and consistent pro-gun voting record" and "unwavering support of the Second Amendment."
The NRA commends Rehberg for his sponsorship of numerous pieces of pro-gun legislation -- including his "co-sponsorship and vote for H.R. 822, 'The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act,' one of the most important pieces of pro-gun legislation to come before the Congress" -- and for his efforts to "protect the Second Amendment from federal overreach" as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, "such as the prevention of a national firearms registry, the destruction of NICS records after 24-hours and the prohibition of funding for future 'gun walking' programs like the ill-conceived and dangerous 'Operation Fast and Furious.'"
With their A+ rating, the highest attainable grade, the NRA designates Rehberg as a "legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment."
"I thank the NRA for recognizing my efforts to promote and defend our Second Amendment rights, and I'm honored to have the NRA's endorsement in our upcoming Republican primary," said Rehberg today. "The people of Montana have been strong and consistent in standing up for our God-given right to bear arms, and I am proud to work with them to ensure that our gun rights are not infringed upon by activist judges, liberal politicians, and out-of-touch Washington bureaucrats."
Notably -- despite calling himself "one of the Senate's leading pro-gun rights members" -- Senator Jon Tester has endangered our Second Amendment rights.
Tester voted to give both of President Obama's anti-gun, liberal activist judges lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court, including Sonia Sotomayor, who is of the opinion that "the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self defense" and "can find nothing in the Second Amendment's text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as "fundamental' insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes." The NRA has called Tester and Obama's Supreme Court picks "two of the most rabid anti-gun justices in history."
And late last year, Tester voted with every other Democrat Senator to move forward with the confirmation of controversial anti-Second-Amendment Obama nominee and former New York Solicitor General Caitlin Halligan to one of the nation's highest courts -- reminding Montanans yet again of his out-of-touch Washington agenda and loyalty to President Barack Obama. The NRA has noted Halligan's "attacks on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans."