The National Association for Gun Rights’ (NAGR) political arm on Tuesday announced its endorsement of former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville in Alabama’s July 14 Republican primary runoff election.
NAGR-PAC is a political action committee of the National Association of Gun Rights, which is America’s second-largest pro-Second Amendment organization with 4.5 million members and supporters nationwide.
In a statement, NAGR-PAC chairman Dudley Brown said, “Tommy Tuberville scored a perfect 100% on the NAGR survey and has pledged to support the Second Amendment and fight back against illegal gun grabs as a member of the U.S. Senate.”
Tuberville is running against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the GOP runoff. Sessions has already been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the contest.
“I am honored to have the NRA’s endorsement. The Second Amendment is a bedrock right for all Americans and it guarantees and secures our freedom and liberty,” Sessions said in a statement earlier this year.
NAGR-PAC’s Brown asserted on Tuesday, “Tuberville’s position stands is in stark contrast to Jeff Sessions, who has supported gun control his entire career.”
“The fact that Tommy Tuberville is not a career politician is quite refreshing, and we look forward to working with him in the U.S. Senate,” he continued. “Coach Tuberville is a gun owner who enjoys hunting and understands the importance of our Second Amendment rights.”
In a release, Tuberville offered his appreciation for the NAGR endorsement and pledged to be the Second Amendment’s staunchest defender on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
“Too many members of the U.S. Congress believe that the Second Amendment is merely a suggestion and not a hard-earned constitutional right,” Tuberville stated. “Whether it is for hunting, sport shooting, home defense, or simply because they want one, every law-abiding U.S. citizen has the right to own a gun, and I will go toe-to-toe with any lawmaker who tries to take away that freedom.”
The ultimate Republican senatorial nominee will go on to face U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in November. Jones’ maiden speech on the U.S. Senate floor was about gun control.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn