In fairness, the NRA's endorsement appears to have more to do with its dislike of Mr. Hogan's Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, whom the organization called "a true enemy of gun owners' rights." In fact, the NRA offered no specific reasons for its endorsement of Mr. Hogan but went on for three paragraphs about how awful it thinks Mr. Brown is. The group warns that Mr. Brown and his running mate, Ken Ulman, would not stop at the 2013 Firearms Safety Act but would work closely "with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his elitist billionaire allies to further restrict gun rights in Maryland." The NRA gave Mr. Brown an F rating based on his record with the O'Malley administration; a Brown spokesman says the group didn't even bother to send him a questionnaire.