NRA PAC hands out grades to local politicians in state, federal races

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has handed out grades for local politicians running for office this year.

The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates based on voting records, public statements and their responses to a questionnaire, according to its website.

Here’s the grades for our local races:

U.S. House of Representatives:

New York’s 19th Congressional District:

Republican John Faso: A (Also endorsed by NRA)

Democrat Zephyr Teachout: F

New York’s 18th Congressional District:

Republican Phil Olivia: B

Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney: F

New York State Senate:

39th Senate District:

Republican Sen. Bill Larkin: A (NRA endorsed)

Democrat Chris Eachus: ?

46th Senate District:

Republican Sen. George Amedore: A+ (NRA endorsed)

Democrat Sara Niccoli: ?

42nd Senate District:

Republican Sen. John Bonacic: A (NRA endorsed)

Democrat Pramilla Malick: Not listed

51st Senate District:

Republican Sen. James Seward: A+ (NRA Endorsed)

Democrat: Jermaine Bagnall-Graham: ?

New York State Assembly:

103rd Assembly District:

Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill: D

Republican Jack Hayes: ?

99th Assembly District:

Democrat Assemblyman James Skoufis: A (NRA endorsed)

Republican Colin Schmitt: Aq

98th Assembly District:

Republican Assemblyman Karl Brabenec: A

Democrat Aron Weider: D

101st Assembly District:

Republican Brian Miller:  Aq

Democrat Arlene Feldmeier: ?

I haven’t listed races where there is no challenger.

Here’s the NRA’s guide to what the scores mean:

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.

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.

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