UPDATED 2:55 p.m.
Both Councilman Bob Magee and Councilwoman Melissa Melendez own guns, they told Patch Thursday.
“And I always know where my gun is,” Melendez told Patch.
The councilwoman, who is running for the state Legislature, said she keeps her pistol in a combination safe.
Owning a gun may scare some people, Melendez said, but "I’m more afraid of the person that wants to do me harm,” she said in an interview.
Magee said he also owns a gun and does not know why he received a poor rating on a report prepared by the The California Rifle and Pistol Association.
He told Patch in an email that he is a "strong supporter of preserving and protecting the 2nd Amendment."
"I would recommend that you direct your question to the group handing out the grades."
According to the report, which readers can access by clicking on the PDF to the right of this article, an "A" rating "indicates a pro-gun candidate who strongly supports CRPA positions on second amendment and hunting related issues."
A D rating "indicates a candidate that sometimes supports some CRPA positions but is not consistently a pro-gun or pro-hunting candidate.
Lake Elsinore City Councilwoman Melissa Melendez recently received an "A" rating from The California Rifle and Pistol Association.
But Councilman Bob Magee received a "C" rating.
The association released its ratings for the five candidates for the State Assembly's District 67.
Also receiving "A" ratings were Phil Paule, of French Valley and Ken Dickson, of Murrieta, earned an "A" rating.
To read the report, click on the PDF file to the right.
The association is dedicated to promoting firearm freedoms and shooting sports in the State of California.