Ted Cruz Endorsed by Leading National Second Amendment Groups
NRA-PVF says, “Ted… has fought to protect the Second Amendment in the face of ongoing efforts to undermine our rights.”
AUSTIN — Ted Cruz, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas, announced today the endorsements of two leading national Second Amendment groups, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and Gun Owners of America (GOA).
In recent days, Cruz has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Texas, and dozens of Texas small business leaders.
“Ted Cruz has fought to protect the Second Amendment in the face of ongoing efforts to undermine our rights,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “The NRA was proud to award him our Carter-Knight Freedom Fund award in 2010 for his Supreme Court litigation in support of the right to keep and bear arms, and now we encourage all NRA members, gun owners, and sportsmen in Texas to vote Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate on November 6.”
“Ted Cruz will be rock solid when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms,” said Tim Macy, vice chairman of GOA. “He has litigated and won Second Amendment cases before the US Supreme Court and understands the law and the courts.”
“I thank the NRA-PVF and GOA for their steadfast support and share their commitment to protect the Second Amendment,” Cruz said. “In the US Senate, NRA and GOA will be vital allies in standing strong against efforts to undermine the right to keep and bear arms.”
Under the leadership of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Cruz served as Texas Solicitor General where he fought for conservative principles and won repeatedly on a national level. During his tenure, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories defending US sovereignty, the Texas Ten Commandments monument, and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
On the Second Amendment, Ted authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the right to keep and bear arms. The District of Columbia’s ban on firearms was struck down in a 5-4 landmark decision before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2010, Ted was awarded the NRA’s Carter-Knight Freedom Fund, which “rewards exemplary activities in the support and protection of the right to Keep and Bear Arms.” He was likewise honored by a 2008 resolution passed by the National Board of the NRA, thanking Ted for leading the states before the Supreme Court in the DC gun case, and noting that Ted’s “efforts made this victory for the American people possible.”
As NRA executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre observed, “Ted Cruz is one of our nation’s leading defenders of the Second Amendment. For over a decade, Ted has fought tirelessly to defend our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and his leadership was absolutely critical to our major victories before the U.S. Supreme Court.”
In addition, Cruz has been endorsed by Cathie Adams, Ernest Angelo, David Barton, George P. Bush, Hispanic Republicans of Texas, Kelly Shackelford, George Strake, Peggy Venable, Texas Alliance for Life PAC, Young Conservatives of Texas, Concerned Women PAC, Family Research Council Action, Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks PAC, Gov. Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, and many others.
Cruz and his wife Heidi live in Houston with their four-year-old daughter, Caroline, and one-year-old daughter, Catherine.