NRA Political Victory Fund Endorses Edmondson in Governor's Primary
18:51PM on July 16 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) Political Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of Attorney General Drew Edmondson in the Democratic primary race for Oklahoma governor.
The NRA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization which advocates protection of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, hunting and self-defense.
“I am pleased to have this important endorsement, which signifies my lifetime commitment to upholding the U.S. Constitution and protecting our Second Amendment freedoms,” Edmondson said.
Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA fund, said Edmondson’s primary endorsement and his “A” rating by the group were based in part on his fundamental support of Oklahoma's “Workplace Protection/Parking Lot” law during the legal battle to enforce it in Oklahoma and federal court.
Edmondson also was praised for the legal briefs he signed, along with other attorneys general, arguing that the Second Amendment guarantees “a fundamental, individual right for all law-abiding Americans,” Cox said.
In a ruling last month, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional Chicago’s requirement that all firearms be registered while at the same time prohibiting the registration of any handgun. Edmondson and a group of 32 other state attorneys general had asked the nation’s highest court to overturn Chicago’s handgun ban.
Edmondson also was active in another handgun case, District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the court ruled unconstitutional the District of Columbia’s handgun restrictions.
Edmondson said Oklahoma’s state constitution, statutes and regulations allow for the possession and use of firearms.
“Like many Oklahomans, I support safe and responsible firearm ownership,” Edmondson said. “I also support sensible regulations, like prohibiting possession by felons and keeping guns out of schools.”
Edmondson, a Vietnam veteran, has served as Oklahoma’s attorney general since 1995. Prior to being elected attorney general, he served as Muskogee County district attorney for 10 years, prosecuting crimes ranging from financial fraud to murder. Information about his campaign for governor is available at www.edmondson2010.com.