Las Cruces, NM – The National Rifle Association has endorsed New Mexico congressional candidate Ed Tinsley.
Tinsley is vying for the seat being vacated by Congressman Steve Pearce, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The Republican candidate is running against Hobbs businessman Harry Teague.
The National Rifle Association awarded Tinsley an A rating, which means the candidate is solidly pro-gun. The A rating is usually reserved for incumbents.
Teague received an A-Q rating, which means his rating is based solely on a questionnaire.
The Tinsley campaign recently criticized Teague's position on the second amendment, citing an Albuquerque Journal interview where the Democrat was reported saying he wasn't a big gun fan. Teague says he made the statements several years ago while on the Lea County Commission. He adds the remarks were made jokingly.
The NRA also endorsed Republican Congressman Steve Pearce in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Pearce was also awarded an A rating.