Rating Group: Gun Owners' Action League

2012 Positions on Gun Rights [Incumbents]

Issues: Guns

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State Office Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House - 5 Katherine Clark Democratic 40%
MA State House - Third Barnstable David Vieira Republican 100%
MA State House - Fourth Barnstable Sarah Peake Democratic 80%
MA State House - Second Berkshire Paul Mark Democratic 80%
MA State House - Fourth Berkshire Smitty Pignatelli Democratic 100%
MA State House - First Bristol Jay Barrows Republican 100%
MA State House - Fourth Bristol Steven Howitt Republican 100%
MA State House - Fifth Bristol Patricia Haddad Democratic 80%
MA State House - Eighth Bristol Paul Schmid III Democratic 60%
MA State House - Tenth Bristol William Straus Democratic 80%
MA State House - Thirteenth Bristol Antonio Cabral Democratic 0%
MA State House - Fifth Essex Ann-Margaret Ferrante Democratic 80%
MA State House - Ninth Essex Donald Wong Republican 100%
MA State House - Fifteenth Essex Linda Campbell Democratic 20%
MA State House - First Hampden Todd Smola Republican 100%
MA State House - Third Hampden Nicholas Boldyga Republican 80%
MA State House - Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner Democratic 100%
MA State House - Twelfth Hampden Angelo Puppolo, Jr. Democratic 100%
MA State House - Second Middlesex Jim Arciero Democratic 100%
MA State House - Third Middlesex Kate Hogan Democratic 80%
MA State House - Fifth Middlesex David Linsky Democratic 20%
MA State House - Ninth Middlesex Thomas Stanley Democratic 60%
MA State House - Eleventh Middlesex Kay Khan Democratic 20%
MA State House - Twelfth Middlesex Ruth Balser Democratic 20%
MA State House - Twentieth Middlesex Brad Jones, Jr. Republican 100%
MA State House - Twenty-Second Middlesex Marc Lombardo Republican 80%
MA State House - Twenty-Third Middlesex Sean Garballey Democratic 40%
MA State House - Thirty-Fifth Middlesex Paul Donato, Sr. Democratic 20%
MA State House - Thirty-Sixth Middlesex Colleen Garry Democratic 80%
MA State House - First Norfolk Bruce Ayers Democratic 80%
MA State House - Second Norfolk Tackey Chan Democratic 60%
MA State House - Third Norfolk Ronald Mariano Democratic 80%
MA State House - Fourth Norfolk James Murphy Democratic 40%
MA State House - Sixth Norfolk Bill Galvin Democratic 100%
MA State House - Eleventh Norfolk Paul McMurtry Democratic 60%
MA State House - Twelfth Norfolk John Rogers Democratic 60%
MA State House - Fourteenth Norfolk Alice Peisch Democratic 20%
MA State House - Second Plymouth Susan Gifford Republican 100%
MA State House - Eighth Plymouth Angelo D'Emilia Republican 100%
MA State House - Sixth Suffolk Russell Holmes Democratic 20%
MA State House - Eleventh Suffolk Elizabeth Malia Democratic 20%
MA State House - Seventeenth Suffolk Kevin Honan Democratic 20%
MA State House - Eighteenth Suffolk Michael Moran Democratic 40%
MA State House - First Worcester Kimberly Ferguson Republican 100%
MA State House - Sixth Worcester Peter Durant Republican 80%
MA State House - Seventh Worcester Paul Frost Republican 100%
MA State House - Fourteenth Worcester James O'Day Democratic 0%
MA State Senate - First Bristol and Plymouth Michael Rodrigues Democratic 100%
MA State Senate - Second Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny Democratic 40%
MA State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr Republican 100%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex Pat Jehlen Democratic 40%
MA State Senate - First Middlesex and Norfolk Cindy Creem Democratic 0%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk Karen Spilka Democratic 40%
MA State Senate - Middlesex and Worcester Jamie Eldridge Democratic 40%
MA State Senate - Norfolk and Suffolk Mike Rush Democratic 80%
MA State Senate - Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Walter Timilty Democratic 40%
MA State Senate - First Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco Democratic 100%
MA State Senate - Second Suffolk Sonia Chang-Diaz Democratic 0%
MA State Senate - First Worcester Harriette Chandler Democratic 60%
MA State Senate - Second Worcester Mike Moore Democratic 80%
MA State Senate - Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Anne Gobi Democratic 100%
MA State Senate - Worcester and Norfolk Ryan Fattman Republican 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Stephen DiNatale 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Robert Hedlund, Jr. 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Don Humason, Jr. 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Thomas McGee Democratic 40%
MA Mayor - At-Large Shaunna O'Connell 100%
MA Councilor - At-Large Sean Curran 60%
MA Councilor - At-Large Thomas Stanley 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh 80%
Cory Atkins 20%
Carlo Basile 20%
Matthew Beaton 100%
Jen Benson 80%
John Binienda, Sr. 100%
Garrett Bradley 60%
Stephen Brewer 100%
Tom Calter III 80%
Christine Canavan 100%
Gale Candaras 40%
James Cantwell 60%
Gailanne Cariddi 60%
Martha Coakley 20%
Cheryl Coakley-Rivera 40%
Tom Conroy 0%
Michael Costello 20%
Robert DeLeo 60%
Vinny deMacedo 100%
Brian Dempsey 80%
Geoff Diehl 100%
Kenneth Donnelly 80%
Benjamin Downing 80%
James Dwyer 60%
Carolyn Dykema 80%
Lori Ehrlich 20%
Christopher Fallon 60%
Robert Fennell 60%
John Fernandes 80%
Jennifer Flanagan 100%
Linda Forry 40%
State Office Name Party Rating
MA U.S. House - 5 Katherine Clark D 40%
MA State House - Third Barnstable David Vieira R 100%
MA State House - Fourth Barnstable Sarah Peake D 80%
MA State House - Second Berkshire Paul Mark D 80%
MA State House - Fourth Berkshire Smitty Pignatelli D 100%
MA State House - First Bristol Jay Barrows R 100%
MA State House - Fourth Bristol Steven Howitt R 100%
MA State House - Fifth Bristol Patricia Haddad D 80%
MA State House - Eighth Bristol Paul Schmid III D 60%
MA State House - Tenth Bristol William Straus D 80%
MA State House - Thirteenth Bristol Antonio Cabral D 0%
MA State House - Fifth Essex Ann-Margaret Ferrante D 80%
MA State House - Ninth Essex Donald Wong R 100%
MA State House - Fifteenth Essex Linda Campbell D 20%
MA State House - First Hampden Todd Smola R 100%
MA State House - Third Hampden Nicholas Boldyga R 80%
MA State House - Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner D 100%
MA State House - Twelfth Hampden Angelo Puppolo, Jr. D 100%
MA State House - Second Middlesex Jim Arciero D 100%
MA State House - Third Middlesex Kate Hogan D 80%
MA State House - Fifth Middlesex David Linsky D 20%
MA State House - Ninth Middlesex Thomas Stanley D 60%
MA State House - Eleventh Middlesex Kay Khan D 20%
MA State House - Twelfth Middlesex Ruth Balser D 20%
MA State House - Twentieth Middlesex Brad Jones, Jr. R 100%
MA State House - Twenty-Second Middlesex Marc Lombardo R 80%
MA State House - Twenty-Third Middlesex Sean Garballey D 40%
MA State House - Thirty-Fifth Middlesex Paul Donato, Sr. D 20%
MA State House - Thirty-Sixth Middlesex Colleen Garry D 80%
MA State House - First Norfolk Bruce Ayers D 80%
MA State House - Second Norfolk Tackey Chan D 60%
MA State House - Third Norfolk Ronald Mariano D 80%
MA State House - Fourth Norfolk James Murphy D 40%
MA State House - Sixth Norfolk Bill Galvin D 100%
MA State House - Eleventh Norfolk Paul McMurtry D 60%
MA State House - Twelfth Norfolk John Rogers D 60%
MA State House - Fourteenth Norfolk Alice Peisch D 20%
MA State House - Second Plymouth Susan Gifford R 100%
MA State House - Eighth Plymouth Angelo D'Emilia R 100%
MA State House - Sixth Suffolk Russell Holmes D 20%
MA State House - Eleventh Suffolk Elizabeth Malia D 20%
MA State House - Seventeenth Suffolk Kevin Honan D 20%
MA State House - Eighteenth Suffolk Michael Moran D 40%
MA State House - First Worcester Kimberly Ferguson R 100%
MA State House - Sixth Worcester Peter Durant R 80%
MA State House - Seventh Worcester Paul Frost R 100%
MA State House - Fourteenth Worcester James O'Day D 0%
MA State Senate - First Bristol and Plymouth Michael Rodrigues D 100%
MA State Senate - Second Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny D 40%
MA State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr R 100%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex Pat Jehlen D 40%
MA State Senate - First Middlesex and Norfolk Cindy Creem D 0%
MA State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk Karen Spilka D 40%
MA State Senate - Middlesex and Worcester Jamie Eldridge D 40%
MA State Senate - Norfolk and Suffolk Mike Rush D 80%
MA State Senate - Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Walter Timilty D 40%
MA State Senate - First Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco D 100%
MA State Senate - Second Suffolk Sonia Chang-Diaz D 0%
MA State Senate - First Worcester Harriette Chandler D 60%
MA State Senate - Second Worcester Mike Moore D 80%
MA State Senate - Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Anne Gobi D 100%
MA State Senate - Worcester and Norfolk Ryan Fattman R 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Stephen DiNatale 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Robert Hedlund, Jr. 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Don Humason, Jr. 100%
MA Mayor - At-Large Thomas McGee D 40%
MA Mayor - At-Large Shaunna O'Connell 100%
MA Councilor - At-Large Sean Curran 60%
MA Councilor - At-Large Thomas Stanley 60%
NA U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh 80%
Cory Atkins 20%
Carlo Basile 20%
Matthew Beaton 100%
Jen Benson 80%
John Binienda, Sr. 100%
Garrett Bradley 60%
Stephen Brewer 100%
Tom Calter III 80%
Christine Canavan 100%
Gale Candaras 40%
James Cantwell 60%
Gailanne Cariddi 60%
Martha Coakley 20%
Cheryl Coakley-Rivera 40%
Tom Conroy 0%
Michael Costello 20%
Robert DeLeo 60%
Vinny deMacedo 100%
Brian Dempsey 80%
Geoff Diehl 100%
Kenneth Donnelly 80%
Benjamin Downing 80%
James Dwyer 60%
Carolyn Dykema 80%
Lori Ehrlich 20%
Christopher Fallon 60%
Robert Fennell 60%
John Fernandes 80%
Jennifer Flanagan 100%
Linda Forry 40%
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