NEWBERRY, S.C.–Republican State House candidate Rick Martin has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association for his committed stances in support of Second Amendment rights. The NRA grades candidates based on their voting records, or by the candidates’ responses to a NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, for those without prior legislative service. Martin’s conservative platform, which includes decisive measures to ensure and promote individual gun rights, makes him the most gun-friendly candidate for State House District 40.
The NRA rates all candidates regardless of partisanship, and even endorses candidates who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the Second Amendment. Since Martin has not previously served in elected office, his “AQ” rating is not an endorsement, but rather a reference for voters on the issue of gun rights. Martin is the only candidate for the Newberry County seat with such a rating.
Martin has been an outspoken supporter of Constitutional Carry and national Right-to-Carry reciprocity, as two examples of recently-considered legislation. He is a lifelong Newberry County resident, co-owner of a successful family business, and a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Martin seeks to be the Republican nominee for State House, the primary to be held Tuesday, June 14.