NRA Downgrades Lisa Murkowski After Gun Control Vote, Gives Challenger Kelly Tshibaka an ‘A’ Grade

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questions Interior Secretary Haaland during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Mariam Zuhaib/AP)
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The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) downgraded Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) following her recent gun control vote but gave challenger Kelly Tshibaka an “A” grade.

U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka speaks during a “Save America” rally at Alaska Airlines Center on July 09, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The NRA gave Murkowski an “A” in 2019, but that has now been lowered to a “B.”

On June 24 Breitbart News reported that Murkowski was among the 15 Republican Senators who caved on gun control and voted for the new restrictions hammered out as a result of Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) work with Democrats.

During the time between the Uvalde shooting (May 24, 2022), and the June 23 passage of Cornyn’s gun control, activist David Hogg tweeted a video of Murkowski talking to him about getting something done with gun laws:

Tshibaka commented on Murkowski’s support of Cornyn’s gun control bill, saying, “Lisa Murkowski, once again, is palling around with her D.C. insider friends and voting against our Constitutional rights, even while she pretends to be looking out for us.”

She added, “Lawful and responsible gun ownership is part of our identity here in Alaska, and I will never stand for any erosion of those rights.”

The NRA gives Tshibaka an “A” grade for her defense of the Second Amendment.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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