NRA endorses Paul Ryan for re-election

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., earned an endorsement from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund in his re-election bid.

The gun group issued a statement quoting Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. Both men took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19 to deliver prime-time speeches.

Cox, in the endorsement statement, said, “Paul Ryan’s leadership in the fight to preserve our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage has earned him the trust and support of the National Rifle Association.

“As a lifelong outdoorsman and avid hunter, we can trust Paul to continue to fight for the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Wisconsin and across the United States.”

Ryan and other Republicans held off a Democratic-driven campaign for gun reform this summer.

He also indicated that Democrats who staged a sit-in for reforms following a massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida might be punished by GOP leadership.

The NRA said Ryan received his “A+” from the pro-gun group, which is the highest rating a lawmaker can receive.

The NRA said Ryan has an “excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues” and also made a “vigorous effort to defend and promote the Second Amendment. He has strongly opposed President Obama’s numerous attempts to ban lawfully owned firearms, ammunition and magazines. Equally impressive, he has fought against the gun control agenda promoted by Obama, Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”

Cox said, “The NRA is honored to endorse Paul Ryan and appreciates his steadfast support of the Second Amendment. The NRA encourages all gun-owners, hunters and sportsmen to vote re-elect Paul Ryan this November.”

Ryan actually faces a primary challenge in August — Paul Nehlen.

Democrats who filed to run for the seat include Tom Breu and Ryan Solen.