Koster stumps with leader of national gun rights group

  • JerryCornfield
  • Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:01am
  • Local News

Republican congressional candidate John Koster is sending a message to gun owners this week that he’s their man.

Today, at 11 a.m. in Burlington, he will campaign with Tim Macy, vice chairman of the Gun Owners of America that reportedly has 300,000 members nationwide.

According to a press release, Koster and Macy will be at the Kesselring Gun Shop to “highlight the anti-gun votes of incumbent Rep. Rick Larsen, and contrast his votes with the strong pro-Second Amendment positions of John Koster.”

GOA gave Larsen an ‘F” based on its tracking of his votes on gun bills and awarded Koster an ‘A’ based on his responses to a survey and record as a state lawmaker and Snohomish County Councilman.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Koster announced he had received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

“The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to keep and bear arms”, Koster said in a press release. “Our founding fathers stated in many different ways that an armed citizenry is the best defense against crime and tyranny. I will stand with the NRA when I arrive in Washington D.C. and I will not support legislation that seeks to undermine the right to keep and bear arms.”

If you’re wondering what’s the difference between the NRA and the GOA, here’s the explanation from John Velleco, director of federal affairs for the GOA.

“GOA is regarded as the only no compromise gun lobby in Washington. While we agree more often than not with our friends at the NRA, they have accepted certain gun restrictions in the past that we opposed, such as the Brady instant check system.”

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