Earl Ray Tomblin has earned the National Rifle Association's endorsement for the Oct. 4 special gubernatorial election, with the group citing Tomblin's consistent commitment to Second Amendment issues.
Tomblin, currently acting as governor, has received the NRA endorsement in every election since the NRA's Political Victory Fund was formed. He's also consistently received high marks in the group's grading system.
"Your 'A' rating is a reflection of your record on Second Amendment issues during your 37-year career in elective office as well as your responses to our state candidate questionnaire," Daniel M. Carey, West Virginia state liaison for NRA-ILA state and local affairs, wrote in a letter to Tomblin. "During your tenure in office, you have consistently proven your commitment to protecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen in West Virginia."
Tomblin's "A" rating means he is a "solidly pro-gun candidate," according to the NRA grading system.
"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."
Tomblin said he appreciated the endorsement of one of West Virginia's most respected groups.
"The National Rifle Association represents the interests of many, many West Virginia residents and sportsmen," Tomblin said. "I am proud to have voted in support of those issues over my years in the West Virginia Senate and will continue to defend the rights of gun owners as governor."
Tomblin noted numerous past issues where he has led the fight to protect the rights of gun owners and hunters in West Virginia. Among those were the Senate's adoption of the Castle Doctrine while Tomblin was Senate President, making it clear that there's no "duty to retreat" from an attacker, and a bill that increased reciprocity rights for West Virginia's right to carry gun owners.
For more information about Tomblin, visit www.earlraytomblin.com or call 304-342-0000.