Report: Perriello expects NRA endorsement

Fifth District incumbent Tom Perriello will receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association next week, the Perriello campaign reported today in an e-mail to members of the news media.

“Tom has strongly defended Second Amendment rights in Congress and will continue to be a voice for Virginia’s hunters and sportsmen. Tom hasn’t been afraid to stand up to members of his own party when it comes to fighting for the Second Amendment, and the NRA’s endorsement will signify to Virginia gun owners that they can continue to count on Tom to represent them,” said Jessica Barba, spokeswoman for the Perriello campaign.

In 2008, Perriello earned an AQ rating from the NRA, the highest rating possible for a non-incumbent. A member of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, Perriello has been a strong supporter of gun rights in Congress, opposing the Obama Administration on its plans to reinstate the assault weapons ban and co-sponsoring key legislation like the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill. He also defended the NRA against liberal and conservative attacks during the debate on the DISCLOSE Act and joined the NRA’s amicus brief in the Supreme Court case McDonald vs. City of Chicago.

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