Incumbent GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have received grades of “A-plus” and “A,” respectively, from the National Rifle Association.
According to the NRA’s website, an A-plus candidate is “a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.” An A signifies a “solidly pro-gun candidate” who “has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or (is) a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”
In a statement, Simpson said: “I’m honored to receive the highest rating from the esteemed NRA. Our Founders knew that protecting the right of citizens to keep and bear arms was necessary to build a free democracy, and I have long been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. During my time in Congress I have made it clear that I will not support any legislation that bans the ownership of firearms, taxes gun ownership, or requires a waiting period to purchase a firearm. I strongly believe that hunting and fishing are not only important forms of recreation but crucial to the way of life we enjoy in Idaho, and I am working to ensure that Idahoans continue to have access to these activities on public lands.”
Simpson’s May 15 opponent, M.C. “Chick” Heileson of Idaho Falls, filled out the NRA’s questionnaire, but the NRA website does not indicate how he responded to the survey questions. Labrador’s opponent, Reed McCandless of Moscow, did not fill out the NRA questionnaire; nor did Simpson opponent John Baird of Idaho Falls, who has withdrawn from the race.