Lest there was any confusion regarding Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' stance on guns, on Friday she cheekily invited her Republican Senate opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to join her at a shooting range.

“It is unfortunate that Sen. McConnell is desperate to mislead Kentucky voters about my strong support for the Second Amendment," Grimes, a Democrat, said in a statement. "In the Senate, I will protect my fellow Kentuckians' right to keep and bear arms. Whenever he's not busy pandering to Washington lobbyists, I welcome Sen. McConnell to come shoot with me at the range any day.”

Included with Grimes' statement was a photo of her shooting a .22 long rifle, without eye or ear protection.

Polls have shown McConnell, R-Ky., in a tight re-election race against Grimes one year out from Election Day. Grimes narrowly edged out McConnell in fundraising during the last quarter.