How Did Your Rep and Senators Do in the NSSF’s Latest Firearm Industry and Gun Rights Report Card?

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While DC has its rivals in a few state capitals, you will likely never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the building pictured above. It’s where 535 elected officials purport to represent the interests of their constituents. At least that’s what they’ll say any time a camera is pointed their way.

As more people have come to realize, that’s actually rarely the case. Horse trading, log rolling, featherbedding and sometimes even outright corruption mean what’s important to you and me is rarely top of mind for the people we’ve sent there.

That’s why it’s important that people like those at the NSSF keep an eye on the House and Senate and give us an easily digestible report on how individual Congresscritters have voted on a subject as important and essential to American society as the right to keep and bear arms. Here’s the NSSF’s press release announcing their latest report card . . .

NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, released its 2022 Congressional Report Card, grading all 430 sitting U.S. Representatives (as of Aug. 8) and 100 U.S. Senators on key legislation that is of critical importance to the firearm industry, Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and America’s hunters and target shooters. Five U.S. House of Representatives were not graded due to special elections to fill vacancies and have no key legislative record to review.

“This scorecard is of vital importance to voters as we head into November elections. This tells voters exactly where their lawmakers stand on issues they care about like recreational shooting and hunting and the right to keep and bear arms,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “This nonpartisan scorecard reflects the voting record of each legislator. These grades indicate their public voting record as well as their sponsoring and co-sponsoring key legislation, their work on committees, letters signed to support issues and leadership to support our industry.”

NSSF awarded 32 U.S. Senators and 116 U.S. Representatives the highest rating of “A+.” This includes U.S. Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). These senators are all running for re-election in 2022. All U.S. House of Representatives seats will be voted upon in November.

Grades are meant to analyze the level of support of each lawmaker during the 117th Congress and do not constitute an endorsement or opposition to a candidate’s election. The entire report, including the list of key legislation that comprised the scores, is available here.

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  1. How in the H E double hockey sticks does Sen. Cornyn rate an “A” after throwing gun rights under the bus?!

      • Graham of SC got an A as well…unbelievable. Anyone who voted for that unconstitutional Red Flag crap should automatically have been downgraded a full letter grade. NSSF is getting as bad with their grading as NRA was, not that I care a bit what NRA ratings are now since they would be trying to buy protection from New York state.

      • Yep. She gave up that “castrating hogs” and “making them squeal” stuff about the second day after she arrived in DC. Preferred the ever-popular “female victimhood” label to what she ran on. Think she’s now one of those lickety split types. At least it appears so on her Christmas cards.

    • Considering the NSSF capitulated on Red Flag Laws, I would surmise it’s not too hard to get an “A” rating from them.


      Notable excerpt:
      “NSSF has NEVER opposed extreme risk protection orders,
      or so-called “red flag” laws, so long as those laws consider
      Constitutional Due Process rights.”
      (which I fund humorous because if rights are being taken away without the commission of a crime and a rendered guilty verdict, there IS NO DUE PROCESS)

    • The first name I checked was Cornyn.
      Saw the A and immidately came to the conclusion that this list is just a steaming pile of BS.

      Never liked the NSSF much anyway. Had a friend offer me a NIB SIG 10mm Hunter at a great price, was interested until I saw it had the NSSF/RMEF (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) finish/logos/grips. Lost interest quick.

      • Cornyn should be an F, so should Mr. red flag law Rick Scott. List is worthless. I’m from Texas but that traitor Cornyn doesn’t represent me, he only represents his special interests and McConnel.

  2. Some politically inept Gun Owners assume beggars can be choosers. They assume they can sit around and bad mouth a candidate who is the only logical choice in races that are crucial. When the democRat opposition is so awfully rotten there is no comparison to be made so why bother looking stupid by trying?

    After the last 6 years anyone who cannot see the rot in the democRat Party has their head residing in their behind. The f-n house is on fire and all that matters is water to put it out; cleaning up the mess is secondary.

    • You put forth a good point. Another, however, is to seek out, encourage and support (financially) good, well-rounded candidates to primary these poll watchers out and make them actually live under the laws they’ve enacted, even if it means running ourselves. Put our own money and principles where our mouths and keyboards are.

  3. No “A” for Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri after the sell out on fake “gun safety” law!
    How about he resign November 9th and let Eric Schmitt take over?!

  4. I live in Cook county,ILLANNOY for now. They all suck.On a state level there are some good Republicans but they are outnumbered by the Cook cabal. If & when we leave for Indiana they won’t all suck.

    • no point in my even glancing at that list.
      almost like a ballot sheet… why am i here? oh yeah, to vote all the judges out.

    • It’s always inspiring to hear about someone who has overcome adversity and come out on top. Your courage and determination are truly inspiring.

  5. Both of my senators from California got Fs, and my local representative got an A, all as expected. And it will likely stay that way. Feinstein is approaching retirement (by not running for re-election in 2024) and will likely be replaced by another anti-gun Democrat. Alex Padilla, from LA, has to run to finish off Kamala’s senate term and for his own term, but again will likely prevail. The Republican Party in this state hardly makes a ripple any more in senate elections, not even backing Republican candidates for senate seats.

  6. Not surprisingly considering where I live, my Congresscritter and both of my Senators received an F ranking on this report card.

    “You will likely never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the building pictured above.” That’s funny, as it’s also the exact description of Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine in the 1977 film Star Wars!

  7. My Congressman, A+. My Senators, D and F – that is what life in a purple state is like. Sigh, well, at least the baseball team wears the right color I suppose.

  8. Republicans in the state are hardly making a dent in the senate elections, not even endorsing Republican candidates for senate seats. How do you think my congressman and senator fared in this poll?

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