This Florida candidate has NRA’s A+ rating and its first 2018 endorsement, too

This Florida candidate has NRA's A+ rating and its first 2018 endorsement, too

In an election year when gun rights promises to be a high-profile issue in voters’ minds, the National Rifle Association has officially started doling out its endorsements to statewide candidates. And so it begins. The first recipient on Tuesday was state Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers, who is running for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. While the NRA has not yet released its ratings for this year, Caldwell has in the past received an "A+." "He is the only candidate in this race with a perfect record of unyielding support of the Second Amendment to our Constitution," read a statement from the NRA’s longtime Florida lobbyist, Marion Hammer, as part of the endorsement press release. "That’s why we trust you to administer Florida’s Concealed Weapons and Firearms Licensing Program. We urge all Second Amendment supporters to vote for Matt Caldwell." Breaking News Be the first to know when big news breaks Recaptcha requires verification. I’m not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms Read More Why does Florida’s agriculture department handle gun permits? The NRA wants it to. Read More Florida approved concealed weapons permits without reviewing background checks Caldwell’s Republican opponents were previously dinged by the NRA for different votes they took while in the state Legislature. Former Rep. Baxter Troutman voted against the so-called "Guns at Work bill," which requires employers to allow their employees to stow guns in their locked cars if they are licensed to carry concealed weapons. It passed and became law. Sen. […]

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