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Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund today called on U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen to retract a false and misleading campaign ad where he cites an incorrect NRA grade and misleads voters by claiming to support the Second Amendment. 

“Phil Bredesen is a “D” rated candidate, and he will not protect our constitutional rights in Washington, D.C.,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman, NRA-PVF.  “Tennesseans  should not be fooled by his false  and misleading campaign ads.”

Phil Bredesen has earned a “D” rating from the National Rifle Association. He supports criminalizing private firearm transfers between lifelong friends and many family members. He also supports a federal gun database and refuses to oppose burdensome and unnecessary restrictions on ammunition. As governor, Phil Bredesen vetoed protections for concealed carry permit holders and opposed allowing law-abiding Tennesseans to carry a firearm for self-defense in the manner that best suits their needs.

If sent to Washington, Bredesen will not “think for himself,” as his ad states. Instead, he will support the Schumer/Pelosi gun control agenda and vote to restrict the freedoms of law-abiding Americans. 

“Bredesen will vote against Tennessee values in Washington. He will kowtow to the gun control elitists and support Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s anti-freedom agenda. His new ad is a shameful attempt to fool the voters in his home state, and NRA members won’t be fooled.”


Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.