NRA Endorses Sternes over Rep. Bell

The National Riffle Association (NRA) endorsed Reggy Sternes’ candidacy over the incumbent Rep. Maxine Bell, today. The NRA rarely endorses a challenger over an incumbent unless the challenger is significantly more pro Second Amendment than the current representative.

The NRA published their ratings in anticipation of the Republican Primary on May 17th. The NRA rated Sternes with a 100 percent score or an “A” and Rep. Maxine Bell received a “C-“. 

Here are the NRA and Idaho’s Second Amendment Alliances’s articles with respect to Sternes:

NRA-PVF – Scroll down to Dist 25A (April 28, 2016)
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (April 5, 2016

“I couldn’t be more honored to receive their endorsement. I believe our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is an individual and inalienable right.” – Reggy Sternes

Reggy Sternes

Reggy was a Republican Primary candidate for the State of Idaho House of Representatives (District 25A) in 2016. He believes in limited government, individual liberty and supports the Bill of Rights and more state sovereignty. The National Riffle Association endorsed him over the incumbent - he received an "A" grade. He is pro-life and supports a free-market approach to improve schools and health care. He holds bachelor degrees from the University of Idaho and Idaho State University and a master degree from Oregon State University. Sternes is a 23 year U.S. Navy combat-zone veteran, earned 23 individual and unit medals and ribbons, and obtained the rank of Commander.


  1. I’m sure your pro-life, but in this case you appear to be pro-choice, the choice of the parent to have their child die, because they want them to be with God. Abortion is wrong but allowing your child to die after birth is okay? I think I get your point of view now. You are a gun toting right wing, Republican Conservative, we don’t need anymore of your type in Idaho, we have enough. Maxine Bell is the better candidate here.

    • I’m for an American’s right to defend their family from danger or, like in the American Revolution, to throw off the tyranny of a government. A government that put the king over the rights of the people.

      Guns are neither good or bad – they are as good or bad as the person holding it. Moreover, criminals do not respect the law – so gun control only gives the criminal the advantage. I’ve spent two years in a combat zone and was thankful to have a loaded weapon (gun) to protect me. I slept with it, took it to the gym, on mounted combat patrols, and took it to every meal I ever ate. It did not explode or shoot me or my fellow soldier. Guns or knifes are as deadly as the person using them – and so are rocks. Think how horrible it would be to have deadly force taken upon your family as you watch in horror. With a gun in hand, you’d have a chance to survive and defend your family.

      I am pro-life! Period. I believe in a person’s right to practice their religion as they see fit. I believe the State has a measured right (by the consent of the People) to insist a child is protected and not abused. If a family or guardian (either religious or non) endangers a child, then the State can step in (but with due process) to protect the child. Regarding religious healing and a child’s health, if you read my article, you will see that I am seeking facts on this matter. I was actually sympathetic to loosening the religious exemption, but I have one concern. Will loosening the exemption allow the state to overstep a family’s religious convections just by asserting the power of the State.

      I want to ensure children get the best care reasonably available. But, is there any guarantee that a social worker will make a better decision for a child than the parents or guardian? I’m still researching the issue and need more information – especially on the religious side. Read my article Religious Rights,  Faith Healing and the Medical Care of Children to see my reasoned analysis, to date.

      By the way, Rep. Bell has the same stance on this issue as I do – we both need more information before we can support or not support the religious exemption.

      Finally, if you think Maxine Bell is a better candidate, then by all means vote for her. She’s a nice lady – I just differ with her on some core issues.

      Thanks for leaving your comments. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the issues. – Reggy

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