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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
Allen Boyd, Jr. C
John Breaux F
Corrine Brown F-
Henry Brown, Jr. A-
Jim Bunning B
Conrad Burns B
Max Burns A
Dan Burton A
Steve Buyer A-
Robert Byrd F
Dave Camp B-
Ben Campbell B-
Chris Cannon A
Eric Cantor B-
Lois Capps F-
Dennis Cardoza C
Brad Carson B
Julia Carson F-
Mike Castle F-
Lincoln Chafee F-
Saxby Chambliss A
Chris Chocola A
Hillary Clinton F-
Howard Coble A
Norm Coleman B
Michael Collins A
Larry Combest A
Kent Conrad F
Jerry Costello C
Christopher Cox B-
Larry Craig B
Robert Cramer B
Philip Crane A
Ander Crenshaw A-
Barbara Cubin A
Randall Cunningham A-
Thomas Daschle F
James Davis F
Jo Ann Davis A-
Thomas Davis III D
Bill Delahunt F-
Thomas DeLay A
James DeMint A
Peter Deutsch F-
Lincoln Diaz-Balart F
Norm Dicks F-
John Dingell D
Chris Dodd F-
Elizabeth Dole D
Pete Domenici, Jr. D
Calvin Dooley F
John Doolittle A
Byron Dorgan F
David Dreier B-
Jennifer Dunn B-
Chet Edwards F
Vern Ehlers D-
Jo Ann Emerson A-
Philip English C
John Ensign B
Bob Etheridge F
Lane Evans F-
Terry Everett A
Sam Farr F-
Chaka Fattah, Sr. F-
Tom Feeney A
Russ Feingold F
Michael Ferguson F
Bob Filner F-
Peter Fitzgerald F
Ernest Fletcher A-
Mark Foley C-
Randy Forbes A-
Harold Ford, Jr. F-
Vito Fossella, Jr. C
Barney Frank F-
William Frist D
Jonas Frost III F
Elton Gallegly C
Scott Garrett A
Richard Andrew Gephardt F-
Jim Gibbons B
Wayne Gilchrest F
Paul Gillmor C
Phil Gingrey B
Charlie Gonzalez F-
Virgil Goode, Jr. A
Bart Gordon B
Porter Goss C-
Daniel Graham F-
Mark Green B-
James Greenwood D
Judd Gregg C-
Gilbert Gutknecht B-
Charles Hagel C
Ralph Hall A
Tom Harkin F
Jane Harman F-
Katherine Harris C
Melissa Hart B
J. Dennis Hastert C-
Doc Hastings A-
Robert Hayes A-
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. A-
Joel Hefley A+
Wally Herger, Jr. A-
Baron Hill C
Maurice Hinchey F
Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. F-
David Lee Hobson C
Joseph Hoeffel F-
Pete Hoekstra B-
Thomas Holden C
Ernest Hollings F
Rush Holt, Jr. F-
Mike Honda F
Darlene Hooley F
John Nathan Hostettler A+
Amory Houghton, Jr. D
Kenny Hulshof A-
Duncan Hunter A-
Henry Hyde C-
Daniel Inouye F
Steve Israel F-
Ernest Istook, Jr. A
Jesse Jackson, Jr. F-
William Janklow A-
William Jefferson F
James Merrill Jeffords D-
William Lewis Jenkins A-
Christopher John C
Nancy Johnson F-
Tim Johnson B
Timothy Johnson F
Paul Kanjorski C
Richard Keller A
Sue Kelly C
Edward Kennedy, Sr. F-
Mark Kennedy A-
Patrick Kennedy F-
John Kerry F
Dale Kildee F
Carolyn Kilpatrick F-
Jack Kingston A
Mark Kirk F
Gerald Kleczka F-
John Kline A
Joseph Knollenberg A-
Herb Kohl F
James Kolbe C-
Dennis Kucinich F-
Jon Kyl C
Ray LaHood B-
Nicholas Lampson C
Mary Landrieu F
Tom Lantos F-
Tom Latham C
Steve LaTourette C
Frank Lautenberg F-
James Leach F
Carl Levin F
Jerry Lewis A-
Ron Lewis A
Joe Lieberman F
Blanche Lincoln F
John Linder B-
William Lipinski F-
Trent Lott, Sr. C-
Ken Lucas B
Dick Lugar F
Don Manzullo A
Jim Matheson C
Robert Matsui F-
Carolyn McCarthy F-
Karen McCarthy F-
Thaddeus McCotter A
James McCrery III B-
Jim McDermott F
John McHugh B
Mike McIntyre C
Buck McKeon A-
Michael McNulty F
Martin Meehan F-
Kendrick Meek, Sr. F-
John Mica B-
Mike Michaud B
Barbara Mikulski F-
Juanita Millender-McDonald F-
Candice Miller A
Gary Miller A-
George Miller F-
Jeff Miller A
Brad Miller F
Alan Mollohan A-
Dennis Moore F
Jim Moran, Jr. F-
Jack Murtha C-
Marilyn Musgrave A+
Sue Myrick C-
Ben Nelson F

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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