- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The political arm of the National Rifle Association has endorsed Republican Gov. Sean Parnell for re-election.

The NRA Political Victory Fund gave Parnell an A-plus rating, which it says denotes an “excellent public record on critical NRA issues” and efforts to promote and defend the constitutional right to bear arms.

In a release, the group’s chairman, Chris Cox, cited Parnell’s signing of a “stand your ground” law, allowing people to use deadly force in self-defense in any place they have a legal right to be.

NRA said Parnell also rejects expanded licensing and background checks to transfer guns between friends and family members.

Parnell, who took over as governor when Sarah Palin resigned in 2009, is seeking a second full term. His main challenger is independent candidate Bill Walker.

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