The National Rifle Association (NRA) is a household name across the United States. But among gun owners, there's another high caliber gun-rights group known as the Gun Owners of America (GOA).

According to a press release from the gubernatorial campaign of Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT), the GOA is endorsing Gianforte in the GOP primary for governor.

The endorsement announcement is taking place at Shield Arms in Kalispell. Here's the statements from Gianforte and the GOA's Tim Macy, according to a press release sent out Friday morning.

GIANFORTE: For the past 16 years, anti-gun politicians and activists in Helena have tried to chip away at the Second Amendment-protected rights of honest gun owners in Montana. I’m proud do stand here today and proudly accept the endorsement of Gun Owners of America. I’ll always protect our way of life and defend our rights against attacks from anti-gun extremists who threaten them.

MACY: Gun Owners of America endorses Greg Gianforte, because he understands the fundamental importance of our Second Amendment-protected rights and has always stood to protect them from anti-gun extremists. Greg Gianforte is the strongest pro-gun candidate who can win and deliver results for law-abiding gun owners in Montana.