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Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Adam Laxalt as seen during a Nevada Republican Men's Club luncheon at the Bali Hai Golf Club on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent

The National Rifle Association endorsed and gave top grades to a slew of Nevada Republicans, including gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, ahead of the state’s primary election.

The gun rights organization announced Friday that it was endorsing Laxalt, lieutenant governor candidate Michael Roberson and attorney general candidate Wes Duncan ahead of the primary election on June 12, stating that Nevada gun owners could rely on them to “stand up for our constitutional freedoms.”

The group also issued its highest possible rating, an “A+,” for Laxalt and Roberson, based on their track record of “proven support for the Second Amendment.”

“During his years in public service, Adam Laxalt has unapologetically defended the Second Amendment,” NRA-PVF chairman Chris Cox said in a statement. “At a time when Nevada gun owners and sportsmen were under attack like never before, Laxalt chose to publicly stand with us in opposition to those who decided to blame law-abiding gun owners for the acts of deranged criminals.”

Laxalt was scheduled to speak at the NRA’s annual conference in May, but his name was removed from a list of speakers following a February school shooting. His campaign told the Associated Press that he decided to stay in the state and campaign ahead of early voting.

The group also gave out “F” grades to Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani and gave similar poor marks to other Democratic candidates, including “F” grades for attorney general candidate Aaron Ford, lieutenant governor candidate Kate Marshall and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson.

It also endorsed and gave an “A” grade to former Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers in his primary race against Derek Uehara for state treasurer.

Endorsements and grades made by the group come from public statements, voting records and answers to a 22-question form on their position on various firearm topics.

The news follows a slate of congressional endorsements made by the group several days ago, including Republican Rep. Mark Amodei in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, state Sen. Scott Hammond in the 3rd Congressional District, former Rep. Cresent Hardy in the 4th Congressional District and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller.

Disclosure: Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani have donated to The Nevada Independent. You can see a full list of donors here.
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