APPLE VALLEY – Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed him in the race for California’s Eighth Congressional District. Cook is the only candidate in this race to earn the NRA’s endorsement, and this marks the third time Cook has garnered it (2012, 2014, and 2016). The NRA released the following statement on Cook:
On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse your candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Republican primary in California’s 8th Congressional District.
As a decorated veteran who spent 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps fighting for our freedom and as a Congressman with a consistent and proven voting record on Second Amendment issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, you have earned an i 4A” rating from NRA-PVF for this primary election. An “ A” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-gun legislator who has supported NRA positions on key votes and issues.
Thank you for consistently opposing all attempts to ban lawfully-owned firearms, magazines, and ammunition, and standing strong against Hillary Clinton, President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda. We also appreciate your recent opposition to President Obama’s anti-gun Executive Actions and for signing a letter to the Obama administration opposing its recent attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15.
Furthermore, we applaud your vote for legislation that would prohibit the Obama Administration from intimidating banks into refusing financial services to lawful ammunition and firearms dealers.
In addition, we commend your cosponsorship of H.R. 986, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015. This bill would ensure that law-abiding Americans with valid concealed handgun permits would be able to carry their concealed firearms in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
Finally, we are grateful for your vote for the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, a bill that would positively impact sportsmen throughout California and the country by protecting traditional hunting ammunition, opening additional land access for hunting and fishing, and allowing firearms to be legally carried on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Congratulations on your “ A” rating and endorsement, and thank you for your steadfast support of the Second Amendment. Good luck with your campaign and we look forward to our continued relationship.
Cook stated, “I’m honored to earn the NRA’s endorsement for the third consecutive time. They’re a principled organization and a tremendous force for 2nd Amendment rights in our country. During my 26 years in the US Marine Corps, firearms were part of my life. I respect their power, I handle them responsibly, and I consider myself proficient. In Congress, with the help of the NRA, I’ll continue to be a steadfast advocate for the rights of gun owners, and I’ll never waiver in my defense of the 2nd Amendment.”