2000 Elections mixed for gun owners

Mauser gets his gun control, for now; 
House gets more pro-gun, Senate goes to Dems

Colorado voters gave a relatively mixed message in the November elections, proving once again that Colorado citizens won’t be pigeon-holed.

For gun owners, the message was equally ambiguous.  SAFE’s Amendment 22, which forces private sales at gun shows to undergo the Brady Registration check, passed by a 70% margin, proving that soft-pedaled gun control can win, even in Colorado.  Those of you who missed our comments to the media on election night should know we did everything we could to focus gun owners on the tasks ahead of us, which are daunting.

RMGO and GOA will file a lawsuit before Amendment 22 is enacted on March 31, 2001, challenging not just the amendment but Brady Registration checks in Colorado as a whole.  Colorado's Constitution reads “the right of no person to keep and bear arms.... shall be called in question.”  What do you call a background check, conducted by a dealer or a private person, at a sporting goods shop or a gun show, if not "calling in question?"  Expect to hear more on this as it is develops.

SAFE is now here to stay, and they are funded by an enormous machine.  Expect them to begin their crusade for other gun controls on a national and local level soon – probably trigger locks and the “private sale” loophole.

The Colorado Legislature

For the first time in 40 years, the Democrats are in control of the Colorado Senate.  Gun rights hero Jim Congrove lost his very tight race in northern Jefferson county, while Penn Pfiffner, a good vote but leaning toward apologist on our issues, lost handily.

Gun rights advocate Bruce Cairns of Aurora defeated his liberal Democrat opponent, despite his opponent’s blistering attacks on gun issues.  Conservative John Andrews won his race against Scott Evans, even though Handgun Control, Inc. attacked him mercilessly for his pro-freedom stance (see http://www.terrible-trio.com" for some of HCI’s nastiness).  Ken Arnold narrowly won in a race that lasted early into the morning.

The Senate GOP’s more liberal candidates failed by large margins: Fort Collins’ Steve Tool, Denver’s Dorothy Gotlieb, and Aurora’s Debbie Allen each lost by large margins, dispelling the myth that gun issues were the downfall of Republicans.

The Colorado House moved firmly to the right on gun issues with victories from real Americans Pam Rhodes (R-Thornton), Bill Crane (R-Arvada), Mark Chloer (R-Colo. Springs), Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) and Tim Fritz (R- Loveland).  Expect these new members to form a solid base in addition to newcomer Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs), gun rights diehards Mark Paschall, Joe Nunez, and Sean Mitchell, and the decent votes of Rob Fairbanks, Lauri Clapp, Don Lee and new House Speaker Doug Dean.

One very regrettable loss in the House: Scott McKay of  Lakewood lost in a surprise loss to Democrat Betty Boyd.   McKay’s seat overlaps with candidate Pfiffner’s senate seat, and results from both races were identical in percentage, suggesting bad feelings from Pfiffner’s divisive primary.  Republican (?) Senator Norma Anderson should shoulder some burden for the loss of both McKay and Pfiffner.


Some Conclusions

While gun issues weren’t the major factor, they certainly were a weapon favored by the Democrats.  But GOP loss of the Senate can only be attributed to the tide of Union money used to assail Republican Senate candidates.  In the last 6 weeks of the campaigns, Democrats used huge amounts of forced union dues to attack pro-gun conservatives on virtually every issue, especially gun rights.  If you pay union dues, you helped defeat your friends.

What vote did Democrats use against Republicans?  Dem. Sens. Matsunaka, Feeley, and Perlmutter forced a slew of gun votes on a “Safe Schools” bill last year, all designed to use in the election.

Senate conservatives warned GOP leadership about this very issue, but term-limited Sen. Ray Powers, who no one will mistake for a brain surgeon, told the Senate chairman to allow the amendments.  Ray Powers, more than anyone else, can be thanked for the Democrats’ coup in the Senate.   On the bright side, Powers is no longer in the Senate.

Liberal Republican pundits have claimed this Colorado election proves that Republicans must move to the middle to be elected:  nothing could be further from the truth.

Republican Senate candidates who ran to the left (Tool, Allen, Gotlieb) lost by large margins, compared to the closer elections of noted conservatives Congrove and Pfiffner.

Though the loss of Jim Congrove stings, the number of pro-gun Senators didn’t change when Bruce Cairns won in Aurora.   Democrats in charge could be a bonus for gun owners, if Democrats fight with Republicans over gun control plans.   However, expect a landslide of gun control coming from the left-lead Senate.

The House saw dramatic gains for pro-gun conservatives, despite Republicans losing a net of 2 seats (giving them a 38-27 majority).

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC spent more than $50,000 in legislative races and in the battle against Amendment 22, setting a record for Colorado pro-gun organizations.  But with the Colorado Legislature in session in early January, our battle is far from over.

Our thanks go out to all of you who put in time, money and talent to fight the good fight.  Remember: we are serious people doing serious things, and we WILL be back.

2000 Rocky Mountain Gun Owners / Gun Owners of America Candidate Survey Results

2000 Rocky Mountain Gun Owners /
Gun Owners of America Candidate Survey Results

Click here for Candidate Survey Results

Answers Key:

Bolded names have been endorsed by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC
Y = Yes, N = No
NR = No response on that particular question
NR on all questions = Candidate returned survey, but would not answer specific questions (and should be viewed with extreme caution)
Empty = Did not respond

Leadership Pledge Key:

Sponsor = Candidate has pledged to carry legislation
Co = Candidate has pledged to co-sponsor legislation

Questions Index

1.         Most Americans understand that criminals will always find ways of obtaining weapons whether legally or illegally. Yet gun control forces are calling for limits on the number of firearms that a law-abiding citizen may purchase in a specified time period, usually only one per month.  One-gun-a-month laws do not limit guns available to criminals, but they do require a complicated and expensive registration system to enforce.

Do you oppose "one-gun-a-month" laws that limit purchases of firearms by law-abiding citizens?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

2.         Gun banners have attempted to discourage gun ownership by creating a morass of differing municipal ordinances. These rules often snare innocent sportsmen merely passing through a neighboring city.

Should state law prohibit Colorado localities from placing limitations on the rights of citizens to purchase, possess, or carry firearms?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

3.            Registration leads to confiscation: New York City "only registered" long guns (rifles and shotguns) in 1966. But in 1992, the New York Daily News (9/5/92) reported the police began confiscating those very weapons. Of course, it's easy to confiscate firearms when the government has a list of the gun owners.

Would you oppose legislation that would require that firearms purchased by private citizens be registered with law enforcement and tracked by a centralized record system administered by government agencies?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

4.         Gun control advocates hype the false idea that certain cosmetic features make some semi-automatic firearms or high capacity magazines "different" than others.  Media hysteria has led to the misperception that semi-automatic firearms are so-called "assault weapons."  All semi-automatic firearms function essentially the same, as do all magazines.

Do you oppose legislation banning the manufacture, sale or possession of semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity magazines?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

5.            Manufacturers of any product are held liable if the product is defective and causes injury.  On the other hand manufacturers of kitchen knives are never held liable if a criminal uses one to stab a person.  Yet some politicians want to hold gun manufacturers liable when a firearm is used to commit a crime.  Their real objective is to simply ban guns.

Do you support laws which protect firearms manufacturers and sellers from being sued for the actions of a third party, despite properly-working firearms?

Yes _____                No _____

 

6.         The power to tax is the power to destroy.  When anti-gun politicians are unable to achieve their aims directly, they frequently resort to taxes to deviously achieve the same result.

Do you oppose laws which would impose any punitive taxes on the ownership, purchase or use of firearms or ammunition currently available to honest citizens?

Yes ______                No _____

 

7.         Gun control advocates push licensing systems with background  checks, fingerprinting, high fees and "training" requirements as a "reasonable" measure.  Once enacted, however, bureaucratic rulings, higher and higher fees, and arbitrary training requirements make it prohibitive for most law-abiding citizens to obtain a firearm.

Do you oppose government licensing to buy a gun?

Yes ______                No _____

 

8.         So-called "instant" background checks are in fact computerized central gun registration systems.  Only a single computer keystroke is necessary to permanently register every gun sale and gun buyer.  Furthermore, anti-gunners know an "instant" check system is the foundation for so-called "one-gun-a-month" laws (as in Virginia) and other gun control schemes.

Will you support the repeal of computerized "instant" background check legislation since it centrally registers gun sales and gun owners?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

9.         Most firearms experts recognize that mechanical devices, such as trigger locks, create an extremely dangerous condition, whereby a gun can be fired accidentally.  In addition, these dangerous "lock up your safety" devices and laws that coerce citizens to "safely store" their firearms may render a firearm unavailable and/or ineffective when most needed.  This may leave an individual or family defenseless.

Do you oppose government mandated use of trigger locks or other so-called "safe storage" laws which have the effect of making it difficult, if not impossible, to have a gun available to defend your home and family?

Yes ______                No _____

 

10.            Vermont has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation.  The Vermont carry law recognizes that every citizen has the right to carry a gun, openly or concealed, except to commit a crime.  Thus, with no government bureaucracy or license, Vermont citizens can defend themselves.  Criminals who use arms are severely punished.

Would you support Vermont-style legislation which would eliminate all requirements to pay fees and register gun owners and simply allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms openly or concealed (at the individual's discretion) for any reason except for the commission of a crime?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

11.       For 30 years gun owners have let the institutional gun lobby lead them down a path of compromise, and our gun rights have suffered for it.  RMGO and GOA actively work to force recorded votes on gun issues, putting anti-gun lawmakers of both parties on record.

Will you actively work to force tough recorded votes on gun issues, despite the protests of leadership and colleagues within your own party?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

 

12.       Almost every legislative candidate will say "I support the Second Amendment" but not all will stand firmly against new and invasive forms of gun control.

Will you oppose all methods of gun control, including those the media calls "reasonable", such as laws like straw purchase, increasing the minimum age of firearms ownership, and new ways to track guns and gun owners?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

13.       Some gun rights groups have touted Project Exile as a way to enforce existing gun laws.   This has spawned TV commercials urging citizens to turn in their neighbors for "illegal guns" and other Gestapo-like tactics.  This project, which is really a collaboration between state and federal authorities, plays into the hands of gun-banners, using gun rights groups as a pawn to enforce domestic abuse gun bans and other bad gun laws.

Will you oppose Project Exile, which attempts to enforce unconstitutional and unwarranted attacks on citizens' rights to keep and bear arms?

Yes _____                 No _____

14.       Many elected officials place their allegiance in political parties rather than in principle.  As true non-partisan organizations, RMGO and GOA are concerned with gun rights, not maintaining partisan bonds.

Will you oppose incumbents within your own party during primary elections when that incumbent has voted against our gun rights?

Yes _____                 No _____

 

Leadership Pledge

  1. Vermont has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation.  Their law simply says that every law-abiding citizen has the right to carry a concealed firearm except to commit a crime.  Thus, with no government bureaucracy, Vermont citizens can defend themselves.  Criminals who use arms are more severely punished.

Would you be willing to support Vermont-style concealed carry legislation which would eliminate all requirements to pay fees and register    weapons, and simply allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for any reason except the commission of a crime?

q  I would sponsor such legislation

q  I would co-sponsor such legislation

 

  1. The Brady Law (often called “Instant Check”) is called a background check system, but it is more aptly called a gun owner registration and tracking scheme.  Though written with prohibitions on record keeping, the FBI brags about the database of gun owners it is creating.  In Colorado, the Brady Law is administered by the CBI, creating a second database of gun owners, and denying citizens their Constitutional rights on a “guilty until proven innocent” basis.  This system is paving the way for future gun confiscation.

Would you be willing to repeal the Brady Law in Colorado?

q  I would sponsor such legislation

q  I would co-sponsor such legislation

 

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Aurora

Supply Sergeant            9509 E. Colfax

Colorado Springs

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Paradise Sales

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Shootin' Den

420 W. Fillmore

 

Specialty Sports            3735 Drennan Rd.

Denver

Dave's Guns                    1842 S. Parker Rd.

Dirty Harry's                     5524 E. Colfax

French's Gun Shop        258 Broadway

Rob's Guns                        2020 S. Parker Rd.

Scotty's                            5600 E. Colfax

Fort Collins

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Cache LaPoudre Rifle Works    140 College

 

Lakewood

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The Gun Room               1595 Carr St.

Gunworks                3355 S. Yarrow St.

Longmont

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Loveland

Jensen Arms                     246 E. 4th St.

Woodland Park

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Wheatridge

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Western Slope

Cortez

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Gunnison

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Monte Vista

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Eastern Plains

Fort Morgan

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Lamar

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