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The grassroots organization Gun Owners of America has endorsed S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley in the 2010 gubernatorial race, citing her consistent support for the Second Amendment rights of South Carolinians.

“Nikki Haley stands 100% behind the rights of South Carolina‚Äôs gun owners and sportsmen,” said GOA Vice-Chairman Tim Macy. “In particular, Rep. Haley strongly supports concealed carry of firearms by law-abiding citizens and will work to ease unreasonable restrictions on CWP holders.”

Gun Owners of America boasts more than 300,000 members nationwide, according to its news release endorsing Haley.

“The right to bear arms was deemed so critical by our Founders that they spelled it out in absolute terms, and it is my belief that any governmental action that undermines that right is in turn undermining the very freedoms that built our great nation,” Haley said. “I hold a Concealed Weapons Permit myself, and as governor, I will continue to fight against any government infringement on the 2nd Amendment.”

So will we …

In fact, just last month we helped grassroots gun groups in South Carolina kill a controversial new fee hike on Concealed Weapons Permit holders.