NRA Backs Democrat in Missouri Gov. Race

NRA Backs Democrat in Missouri Gov. Race
The NRA is endorsing the Show Me State’s Democrat AG over a Republican candidate for governor.photo from guns.com

Yep, it's a bizarre election season. One of the strangest on record. We reported last month that a leading gun control political action committee has endorsed two Republican senators in their races for re-election.

Now, this story from guns.com says the nation's largest gun rights group is going Democrat in the Missouri governor's race, endorsing Attorney General Chris Koster over Republican and former Navy SEAL Eric Grietens. Though both candidates proclaim their support for the Second Amendment, the NRA has chosen Koster as their pick to replace outgoing term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon (D), who also previously served as the state's Attorney General.

"Chris Koster has never wavered from his Second Amendment beliefs. For over 17 years, he has fought to preserve the constitutional rights of law-abiding Missourians," said Chris W. Cox, chair of the NRA's Political Victory Fund, in the story. "The NRA is proud to endorse Chris Koster and we urge Missouri's gun owners and sportsmen to get out this November and vote to elect a governor with a proven record of fighting to preserve the Second Amendment."

What tipped the NRA scales in Koster's favor? One reason was his support of a veto override on SB 656, a bill to make Missouri the 11th state in the country to codify the right to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Koster also has backed a suit against the University of Missouri on behalf of a law professor seeking to carry his gun on campus for self-defense, the story says.

Additionally, Koster supports mandatory minimum sentences for felons in possession of firearms as well as special courts and high bail amounts for criminals who use firearms. He has also been endorsed by the state Fraternal Order of Police.

The story says billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC has been running anti-Koster ads in the Kansas City media market, aimed at Koster's opposition to Obama administration energy policies.

Greitens is a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve and in 2002 finished Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training before going on to deploy several times in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

We reported recently that one of Greitens' campaign ads depicted him shooting a mini-gun, with a voiceover saying that when he fights back against "Obama's Democrat machine," Greitens "brings out the big guns."