As a member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association, Congressman Poe staunchly supports the 2nd Amendment and is a strong advocate of its protection. Congressman Poe believes the Right to Bear Arms is as important as any other right in the Constitution. It is an individual right. It is not just a right for states to form militias or National Guard units. Poe has received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association for his "commitment to defending the rights of law abiding gun owners and sportsmen," according to Charles Cunningham, Director of NRA Federal Affairs.