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Allen gets NRA backing

Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen announced today he’s been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

In a news release, Allen said the NRA cited his “stellar record of defending the Second Amendment and protecting our Constitutional right to bear arms.”

He also said he has consistently had an A or A+ rating from the group.

“I have always been proud to support the natural rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their families and themselves,” Allen said. “In the U.S. Senate I will remain committed to defending our rights enshrined in our Constitution.”

He also said he thinks the way to reduce crime is “to crack down on criminals, not disarm our law-abiding citizens.”

Allen, a former Senator and former governor, faces three other Republicans for the party’s nomination in a primary next month. All four — Allen, Jamie Radtke, Del. Bob Marshall and E.W. Jackson — are due to appear at a debate in Virginia Beach on Friday night, the second of three primary debates scheduled.