Under the Gun
A Second Amendment look at the elections.


New York

Senate: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., F) won House races in upstate New York by campaigning as a Blue Dog, and earning an A rating on Second Amendment issues. Senator Charles Schumer pushed for her appointment in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by Senator Hillary Clinton’s move to the Department of State. Gillibrand has repaid him handsomely, by becoming a Schumer clone, and joining him as co-sponsor of extreme anti-gun legislation that even most other F-rated senators shy away from. Gillibrand’s opponent is the eminently qualified Wendy Long (R., AQ) — a former clerk for Clarence Thomas, a fellow at the Claremont Institute, and an aide to Senators William Armstrong of Colorado and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire.

House: This year, New York has more competitive House races than any other state except California.

First district (Suffolk County): Incumbent Tim Bishop (D., F) has a rematch with Randy Altschuler (R., AQ), whom he defeated by fewer than 300 votes in 2010.

Eleventh district (Staten Island): Incumbent Michael Grimm (R., B+) is pitted against real-estate and film-industry mogul Mark Murphy (D., n/a).

Eighteenth district (southern Hudson Valley): First-termer Nan Hayworth (R., A) is attempting to hold on to her lead against Sean Patrick Maloney (D., n/a), a former staffer for Bill Clinton and for New York Democratic governors.

Nineteenth district (northern Hudson Valley): Incumbent Chris Gibson (R., A) faces corporate lawyer and former prosecutor Julian Schriebman (D., n/a).      

Twenty-first district (far north): Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens (D., A+) won a special election in 2009, and has kept his pro–Second Amendment promises. He is the lead sponsor of H.R. 4269, Legal Transportation of Firearms; the bill would stop the atrocious practice of arresting travelers who transport unloaded firearms in checked baggage while using LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark Airports. He is challenged by investment executive Matt Doheny (R., AQ), who lost by only 2 percent in 2010.

Twenty-fourth district (Syracuse): A rematch between incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle (R., A), and Dan Maffei (D., F), whom she upset in 2012 by under 700 votes.

Twenty-fifth district (Rochester): Louise Slaughter (D., F), first elected in 1986, is ranking member of the Rules Committee, and would regain her chairmanship should Democrats retake the House. She uses her very powerful position aggressively against gun rights, and she is the most senior anti-gun congressperson who could lose this year. Her opponent is County Executive Maggie Brooks (R., A).

Twenty-seventh district (Buffalo): Kathy Hochul (D., A) won a special election in 2011, and is trying to hold on against County Executive Chris Collins (R., AQ).

North Carolina

Governor: Following the retirement of Democratic governor Beverly Perdue, who signed every pro–Second Amendment bill the legislature sent her, both candidates in the open-seat election have established pro-rights records: Pat McCrory (R., A) and Walter H. Dalton (D., A).

House: The three competitive House races are win-win for gun owners.

Seventh district (southernmost): Mike McIntyre (D., A) versus business consultant David Rouzer (R., A).

Eighth district (south-central): Larry Kissell (D., A) versus former congressional staffer Richard Hudson (R., A).

Eleventh district (western): Open seat created by Heath Shuler’s retirement. Development-company executive Mark Meadows (R., AQ) faces Hayden Rogers (D., A), who is Shuler’s former chief of staff. Rogers’s biography page on his website notes that he “is a member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Tri-County Bass Club, Heartland Anglers, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Trout Unlimited.”

North Dakota

Governor: Governor Jack Dalrymple (R., A) is challenged by state senator Ryan Taylor (D., B−).   

Senate: After 26 years in the Senate, Democrat Kent Conrad is retiring. Along with Byron Dorgan, Conrad gave North Dakota the worst anti-gun Senate voting record of any strongly pro-gun state. At-large representative Rick Berg (R., A) has a small lead over former attorney general Heidi Heitkamp (D., AQ). Whoever wins, it is an important gain for gun rights.

House, at-large: Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer (R., AQ) leads state representative Pam Gulleson (D., A).


Senate: Incumbent Sherrod Brown (D., F) is very far left, and perhaps too much so in a swing state. He always votes anti-gun, and holds a lead of about five points over state treasurer Josh Mandel (R., A).

House, sixth district (southeastern coal country): Incumbent Bill Johnson (R., A) vies with former congressman Charlie Wilson (D., A).

House, 16th district (Canton): Two incumbents were redistricted together, giving voters a clear choice between Jim Renacci (R., A) and Betty Sutton (D., F).


House, second district (eastern): The district is currently represented by Democrat Dan Boren, a member of the NRA board of directors. His retirement sets up a contest between small businessman Markwayne Mullin (R., AQ) and prosecutor Rob Wallace (D., AQ).      


Senate: Senator Bob Casey (D., B+) won his seat in 2006 by promising to be staunchly pro-gun, but has somewhat underperformed. Opponent Tom Smith (R., A) is within striking distance.

House, eighth district (Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks County): Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (R., A) faces attorney and advocate for domestic-violence victims Kathy Boockvar (D., AQ).

House, twelfth district (southwest corner): Mark Critz (D., A+) versus attorney Keith Rothfus (R., AQ).