HAZLETON – U.S. Congressional candidate Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and the endorsements of two other leading national gun rights groups on Sunday.
Representatives from several leading pro-Second Amendment groups attended at a “day at the range” with Mayor Barletta to present their endorsements.
Firearms Owners Against Crime and Gun Owners of America both strongly endorsed Mayor Barletta at the Mainville Sportsman Club in Columbia County.
Kim Stolfer, chairman of Firearms Owners Against Crime, said the organization strongly supports Mayor Barletta because of his strong support of Second Amendment rights.
“The choices will be between an entrenched bureaucrat who wants to impose more government control over our personal freedoms and acquiesces to the party bosses on important social issues, or a candidate who will respect the rights of all Pennsylvanians, including an individual’s choice on how to protect their families and property. The right choice is clearly Lou Barletta,” a FOAC endorsement release states. “Lou Barletta has the kind of independence and dedication that will be of immense benefit to not only his constituents but ‘all’ Pennsylvania citizens as well.”
“Lou Barletta has clearly set himself apart from his opponent by demonstrating the willingness and desire to abide by his oath to the Constitution and to act in the best interests of his constituents. We are convinced that he has the wherewithal to make the tough decisions,” Stolfer said.
John Velleco, director of federal affairs for the Gun Owners of America, said, “Gun owners and sportsmen in Pennsylvania deserve a reliable voice to represent them in the U.S. Congress. The incumbent representative has a mixed record on the gun issue, voting in favor of gun rights when it is politically expedient to do so, while at other times toeing the line of anti-gun Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
“For example, just this year the incumbent voted for a bill to repeal the gun ban in the nation’s capitol, but it is unlikely that bill will ever get to the president’s desk,” Velleco said. “However, he was against protecting Second Amendment rights on National Park Service land in a vote that failed by a razor thin margin.
“Pennsylvanians want representatives who will not talk one way in Hazleton and another in the Speaker’s office,” Velleco added.
Mayor Barletta received the “A” rating from the NRA earlier this month. The “A” rating is the highest Mayor Barletta – the challenger – could receive in this race.