The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund released its endorsements as well as grades for candidates in North Carolina a few days ago.
For statewide races:
For Congressional races:
The NRA-PVF has included explanations on why they endorsed Rep. Larry Kissell (D-8) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7). You can see that on the NRA-PVF webpage from the link above.
The one quibble I have with these grades is in the 11th Congressional District which just so happens to be my district. I don’t disagree with no endorsement nor do I disagree with the grade of AQ for Republican Mark Meadows. I do disagree with the grade of A for Democrat Hayden Rogers given that he has never held elective office. It is my opinion that it should be an AQ just like Mark Meadows. Rogers had served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Heath Shuler (D-11) and I’m guessing that is the basis for the grade.
An explanation of the grades:
What the Grades Mean:The NRA-PVF is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements. We do not base our decisions on a candidate’s party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues. The NRA is a single issue organization. The only issues on which we evaluate candidates seeking elected office are gun-related issues.
A+ 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. A Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues. AQ A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues. B A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past. C Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation. D An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues. F True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation. ? Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights. Indicates an NRA Endorsed Candidate * indicates an incumbent running for re-election