The National Rifle Association gave its support to incumbent Democratic Illinois State Senate candidate John Sullivan in a press conference Thursday morning in Quincy.
NRA representative Todd Vandermyde said that Sullivan's strong leadership for the 2nd Amendment was key in receiving the endorsement.
"I cannot stress enough how important it is that we have a strong pro-gun, downstate voice like John Sullivan in a leadership role in Springfield to advocate for 2nd Amendment issues," Vandermyde said. "John Sullivan's leadership has been critical to blocking anti-gun legislation and gun owners in western Illinois should be proud to have him as their State Senator."
Sullivan discussed his background in hunting and how 2nd Amendment rights are important to him.
"My father taught me the importance of responsible gun ownership and I've passed those values onto my own children as well," Sullivan said.
Sullivan takes on Republican candidate Randy Frese in the upcoming November election. In September, Frese received an AQ rating from the NRA. An "AQ" rating is given by the NRA to a pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate's responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
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