Rep. Kathy Hochul is trumpeted her endorsement from the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund today, noting she’s one of just two New York Democrats to receive the organization’s support.

“Kathy Hochul has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment,” Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF, said in a statement released by the congresswoman’s campaign. “Because of her strong support of our rights, Hochul has earned an ‘A’ rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”

Hochul’s campaign says this endorsement is consistent with her record on Second Amendment issues, noting that during her time as Erie county clerk, she streamlined the government’s permit application process and provided gun shows with the staff and technology needed to ensure that sales went through quickly and safely.

While in Congress, the statement maintains, Hochul has fought to strengthen the rights of gun owners traveling from state to state and to open public lands to hunting and fishing.

This is the first time the NRA has backed Hochul. It supported her GOP opponent, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, in the 2011 special election in which Hochul won an upset victory for the seat vacated by ex-GOP Rep. Chris Lee.

The other NRA-backed New York Democrat is Rep. Bill Owens in NY-23. He received an “A+” rating.

Both Matt Doheny, the Republican facing Owens, and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, the Republican challenging Hochul, received “AQ” ratings, which, according to the NRA’s website, means they’re “pro-gun” candidates, but don’t have voting records to back up their respective responses on the organization’s candidate questionnaire.

It probably didn’t help Collins’ case with the NRA that he was a founding member of an anti-illegal gun group of couty executives formed by Mayor Bloomberg back in 2008.

Collins claimed he was “snookered” into signing onto the group, and quickly removed his name from its membership list and disavowed the organization once he figured out what it was all about.

Something else Owens and Hochul have in common, aside from being Democrats seeking re-election in GOP-dominated districts: They both bucked their own party and voted with the Republicans in favor of holding US AG Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with the “Fast and Furious” investigation.

All told, 17 Democrats voted with the Republicans against Holder back in June. Most of the conference walked out of the chamber rather than cast a vote.

Since we’re focused on endorsements today, Collins is touting his backing by the Credit Union Association of New York, the official state trade association for New York State’s credit unions.

He has also been backed by the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors.