The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Marsha Blackburn for United States Senate, calling her a champion for the Second Amendment and claiming that her opponent, Phil Bredesen, opposes those freedoms.
The Bredesen campaign, however, denied the charge.
“Tennesseans treasure the Second Amendment,” Blackburn said in responding to the endorsement. “I have always fought to defend this fundamental constitutional right and will continue to do so. I am grateful to earn the National Rifle Association’s endorsement. Tennesseans know they can count on me to be consistent in my support for their rights and freedoms.”
Chris W. Cox, chairman, National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), said Blackburn has long stood for Second Amendment rights.
“Marsha Blackburn is a champion of our Second Amendment freedoms and has always stood strong to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” Cox said in the NRA announcement. “Phil Bredesen opposes the constitutional freedoms of law-abiding gun owners and would be a rubber stamp for Chuck Schumer’s gun control agenda in Washington, D.C. He can’t be trusted to defend our Second Amendment rights. A vote for Phil Bredesen is a vote for anti-gun leadership in the U.S. Senate. Marsha Blackburn is the only candidate in this race who will defend our Second Amendment rights in Washington, D.C. The NRA encourages all freedom-loving Tennesseans to vote Marsha Blackburn for Senate in November.”
The Bredesen campaign answered, noting that as governor he had received “A” ratings from the gun advocacy group.
“Governor Bredesen is a lifelong sportsman and gun owner,” said Alyssa Hansen, Bredesen for Senate press secretary. “He supports and exercises the right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment.”
Bredesen has joined other Second Amendment advocates this year in calling for adequate resources to support the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background System. Additionally, he believes the federal government and states must strengthen the background check process, especially as it relates to cases involving mental illness.