Salazar gets NRA endorsement

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in the 2010 general election, while his opponent, Republican Scott Tipton, pointed to his own gun bona fides.

The NRA has endorsed Salazar since 2006, when Salazar won a second term.

Salazar earned an A rating from the NRA. The organization’s highest rating is A-plus.

Salazar’s campaign pointed to his support of legislation allowing people with concealed-weapons permits to carry them in national parks and monuments, as well as his support for reform legislation in the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Salazar is an active hunter and southern Colorado rancher and farmer.

Tipton, a state legislator from Cortez, is a member of the NRA and has an A rating from the organization in that capacity, his campaign said.

The NRA issues endorsements based on gun-related issues and not candidates’ party affiliation.

This year so far, the organization also has endorsed Christine O’Donnell, an upstart tea-party-backed Senate candidate in Delaware, who won her Republican primary Tuesday. The NRA also backed Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who was defeated in her party primary, and U.S. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W. Va., who lost his primary race in his bid for a 15th term.


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