Saying it "does not endorse conservatives, it endorses Second Amendment supporters," the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, the leading group in support of gun owners’ rights, has endorsed Democratic state Sen. Darrel Aubertine for re-election, giving the Senator an A rating.
That matches the A rating Aubertine's Republican opponent in the 48th Senate district race, St, Lawrence County Clerk Patty Ritchie, has received.
“Here in Central New York and the North Country, hunting and shooting sports are part of our way of life and I am proud to stand in defense of our second amendment rights,” Aubertine said. “As a hunter and sportsman myself, I know how important our rights are and I am committed to continuing to defend and expand opportunities for hunters and gun owners.”
Aubertuine had received an “A” rating when he was a state assemblyman. His campaign says he has opposed legislation restricting gun rights and passed legislation to expand hunting opportunities, including bills that created a junior hunting program for big game in 2008 and legislation enabling the transfer of lifetime gun licenses to family members of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. He has sponsored legislation that would establish the right to hunt, trap, and fish in the New York State Constitution, and also legislation to enable parents to teach their children to learn how to shoot and proper safety at a gun range.
“The Senator has proven by his work in the Senate that he stands up for the sportsmen and the gun owners, especially in his vote against the microstamping and against downstate,” said Rick McDermott, lifetime National Rifle Association member, Region 7 Director for Conservation Alliance of New York, secretary and legislative committee member for the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, secretary of the Albion Fish & Game Club, and hunter education instructor.
This year he also worked with his colleagues to build the opposition needed to kill legislation on the floor that would have required gun manufacturers to add microstamping capability to mark ammunition on all semi-automatic weapons sold in New York State. Aubertine's campaign characterizes the legislation as "ineffective and costly technology would have limited the availability of semi-automatic for law abiding gun owners."