After gun control votes, Toomey slides to C in NRA’s ratings

AP Photo/Matt Rourke
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s rating from the National Rifle Association has slid following votes on gun control during which the Pennsylvania Republican went against gun-rights groups to support expanded background checks.

The NRA’s new “C” rating on Toomey didn’t come with an endorsement. It’s a downgrade from the “A” rating and hearty endorsement the organization gave Toomey when he last ran in 2010.

Toomey’s Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, drew an “F” rating, unsurprising given her support for a much broader range of gun-control measures than Toomey supports.

The NRA didn’t explain what considerations went into its rating.

Toomey’s vote to require background checks for online gun sales and purchases at gun shows earned him the endorsement of two prominent gun-control activists, billionaire Michael Bloomberg and former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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