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

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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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