The endorsements carry little in the way of surprise. Abbott, it should be remembered, posed for an October 2013 Texas Monthly cover holding a gun. The two candidates have also earned "A" ratings from the gun rights group for the 2014 general election.
About Abbott, the NRA said this:
“As Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott has been a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights and an outspoken critic of the Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. “In sharp contrast, his opponent supports restrictions on private firearm sales and even tried to ban gun shows from public facilities. Greg Abbott is the clear choice for Texas Governor."
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About Patrick, the NRA said this:
“While serving in the Texas Senate, Dan Patrick was an unwavering supporter of vital pro-self-defense and pro-freedom measures,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. “Patrick co-authored and voted for the landmark law protecting the right of employees to transport and store firearms in locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work. Hard-working Texas gun owners and sportsmen have a true friend in Dan Patrick.”