Pro-gun candidates win in State Legislative Primaries

Pro-gun candidates win in State Legislative Primaries;
NRA endorses liberal incumbents


Wednesday, August 12 -- With a mixed bag of results, conservative pro-gun candidates won in most open state legislative seats while incumbents fended off challenges by conservatives.

Statewide GOP Primary Results
Bill Owens' victory over anti-gunner Tom Norton was a win without a victory, as Owens has failed to answer specific questions about gun issues (including the GOA/RMGO Survey). The Lt. Governor's race was disappointing for gun rights activists, since winner Joe Rogers has been soft on Second Amendment issues. The bright side: Jim Congrove, who failed to defeat Rogers, is still a solid pro-gun vote in the Colorado Senate. Former Democrat Senator (and assault weapons ban supporter) Ben Campbell easily beat Bill Eggert, but still faces tough opposition in the November election.

State Senate
Gun rights gained votes in the Colorado Senate, where Marilyn Musgrave (Senate District 1) and Mark Hillman (SD 2) won primary races. Both face token opposition November.

State House
State House primaries where gun rights supporters won include Scott McKay (House District 26), Rob Fairbank (HD 30), Pam Rhodes (HD 31), Lauri Clapp (HD 37) and Joe Nunez (HD 64).

Other Races Though Mike Bliss failed to win the GOP primary for Sheriff of Jefferson County, Jim Alderden defeated Sheriff Richard Shockley in Larimer County, and has pledged to issue permits. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

NRA helps anti-gun GOP incumbents win
Gun rights supporters in El Paso and Weld Counties are livid after learning the National Rifle Association's political arm supported anti-gunners Marci Morrison (House District 22, Colo. Springs) and Tambor Williams (House District 50, Greeley).
These incumbents faced challenges from more conservative candidates who are strong supporters of our firearms rights, but failed to beat their liberal opponents.

Many activists received RMGO PAC postcards endorsing conservatives Dave Schultheis (H.D. 22) and Lea Faulkner (H.D. 50), as well as mailings detailing the incumbents poor voting records on gun issues.

But gun rights supporters got a mixed message when the NRA Political Victory Fund mailed postcards endorsing the liberal candidates. The NRA's has a policy of always supporting incumbents, even though that incumbent may have voted for anti-gun bills or amendments. The elections were close in both races, putting the pro-gun loses on the back of the NRA.

Members are urged to call the NRA/ILA's contact for Colorado (Mary Ann Bradfield) at 703-267-1216 to express their outrage for failing to support the more pro-gun candidate.

1998 Rocky Mountain Gun Owners / Gun Owners of America Candidate Survey

1998 Rocky Mountain Gun Owners / Gun Owners of America
Candidate Survey

Results as of August 3, 1998

 

Colorado Statewide Offices

Office

First

Last

q1

q2

q3

q4

q5

q6

q7

q8

q9

q10

q11

q12

q13

Lt. Gov.

Jim

Congrove

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

Attorney Gen.

John

Suthers

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

@

y

y

 

State Senate

#

First

Last

Against Wham

q1

q2

q3

q4

q5

q6

q7

q8

q9

q10

q11

q12

q13

Pre. Co.

Pre. Sp.

Vt. Co.

Vt. Sp.

1

Clair

Orr

y

y

n

y

y

n/a

y

y

y

y

y

y

n/a

y





1

Marilyn

Musgrave

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


y

2

Mark

Hillman

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

7

Ron

Teck


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

9

Doug

Lamborn


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


15

Kevin

Lundberg


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y





16

Dave

Owen


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y





20

Jerry

Ditullio


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


30

John

Evans


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

30

Ted

Harvey

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

30

Elton

Winters


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y





 

 

State House of Representatives

#

First

Last

Against George

q2

q3

q4

q5

q6

q7

q8

q9

q10

q11

q12

q13

Pre. Co.

Pre. Sp.

Vt. Co.

Vt. Sp.

3

Ted

Sell


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y





17

Andy

McElhany


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y*

y


y


18

Doug

Dean


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


19

Richard

Decker

y

n

y

y

y

y

n

y

y

y

y

y

n





20

Lynn

Hefley


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

21

David

Dahm

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


y

22

David

Schultheis

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


25

Matt

Faykosh


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


y

26

Scott

McKay

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


y

27

Denise

Mund

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

28

Don

Lee


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


29

Mark

Paschall


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


y

30

Rob

Fairbank

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


31

Pam

Rhodes

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


33

Shawn

Mitchell


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


37

Susan

Bosier


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y



y

37

Lauri

Clapp

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

Y

Y

Y

Y

38

Joe

Stengel


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y

y


39

Henry

Kolego

y

y

n

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

n

y

y

y


y


39

Nancy

Spence


n/a

y

y

n/a

n/a

y

y

y

y

n/a

y

n





40

Gary

McPherson


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

n/a

y

n/a





42

Walt

Cross

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


y

48

Ron

Buxman


n

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


49

Steve

Johnson


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

n/a

y

n

y




50

Lea

Faulkner


n

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

n/a

y

y


y


y

53

Tom

Bender


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

n

y

y

y


y


61

R. Marshall

Boyd


y

n

y

y

y

y

y

y

n/a

n/a

y

n/a





64

Carol

Pfarr


y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y


y


64

Joe

Nunez

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

Y

y

y


y


65

Debbie

Carlstrom

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

 

 

U.S. Congress

Seat

First

Last

q1

q2

q3

q4

q5

q6

q7

q8

q9

q10

q11

q12

q13

q14

q15

US Senate

Bill

Eggert

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

n

n

n/a

2nd CD

Larry

Johnson

y

y

y

y

n

n

y

y

y

y

n

n

n

n

y

4th CD

Bob

Schaffer

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

6th CD

Barry

Arrington

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

6th CD

Tom

Tancredo

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

6th CD

Sam

Zakhem

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

y

Statewide and State Legislative Survey Key

  1. Do you oppose "one-gun-a-month" laws that limit purchases of firearms by law-abiding citizens?
  2. Should state law prohibit Colorado localities from placing limitations on the rights of citizens to purchase, possess, or carry firearms?
  3. Would you oppose legislation mandating a waiting period before the purchase of a firearm?
  4. 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?
  5. Do you oppose legislation banning the manufacture, sale or possession of semi-automatic firearms?
  6. Do you oppose legislation banning the manufacture, sale or possession of large-capacity magazines?
  7. Do you oppose laws that would require that the police give permission prior to a person buying a firearm?
  8. Do you oppose laws which allow persons who are shot by a properly-working firearm to sue firearms manufacturers and/or firearms sellers (strict liability)?
  9. 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?
  10. Do you oppose government licensing to buy a gun?
  11. Will you oppose computerized "instant" background check legislation since it centrally registers gun sales and gun owners?
  12. Do you oppose government mandated use of trigger locks or other such hazardous "safety" devices which have the effect of making it difficult, if not impossible, to have a gun available to defend your home and family?
  13. 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?

    Will you sponsor or co-sponsor Pre-emption?
    Will you sponsor or co-sponsor Vermont-style concealed carry?

@ = Candidate favors background check if it does not register gun owners (which Brady does)

Bolded names have been endorsed by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC

Results show responses from all candidates. If candidates in your area do not appear on this form, they do not think enough of gun rights to answer the survey.

 


Congressional Candidate Questions

Would you oppose Brady II legislation to:
1. require handgun buyers to undergo fingerprinting, pass a mandatory safety training course and limit buyers to one purchase per month?
2. restrict the sales of ammunition?
3. require BATF to computerize (register) firearms owner’s records?
4. increase license fees for gun dealers?
5. mandate trigger locks?
6. Would you support repeal of the 1993 Brady Act, including its waiting period and instant check?
7. Would you support a repeal of the 1994 law banning any types of semi-automatic firearms and limiting magazine capacity?
8. Would you support cutting funds for the BATF?
9. Do you believe an individual has a right to use deadly force in defending self and family from violent assault -- both in and away from the home?
10. Would you oppose a crime bill or a spending bill that contained any restriction upon the people’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms?
11. Would you support a repeal of the Lautenberg Domestic Gun Ban?
12. Would you support a repeal of the Kohl Gun Free Zones ban?
13. Given the lack of authority in the U.S. Constitution for enacting gun control, would you support a repeal of the 1968 Gun Control Act?
14. Would you support legislation requiring that federal "police" agents must first get permission from the chief law enforcement officer of a county or city before executing an arrest or search warrant?
15. Would you oppose a ban on any type of ammunition?

n/a = No answer to the question
* = Voting record is contrary to their answer

Bolded names have been endorsed by Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund

Results show responses from all candidates. If candidates in your area do not appear on this form, they do not think enough of gun rights to answer the survey.

Stop the Wham-George Gun Grab

Stop the Wham-George Gun Grab!

Leadership Races could put Leading Gun Rights Enemies in Powerful Positions


May 29th, 1998 - Gun rights supporters in Colorado could be put in a perilous position if two of their biggest opponents, State Sen. Dottie Wham and State Rep. Russ George, are elected to top leadership posts in the state legislature.

State Senator Dottie Wham, long an opponent of concealed carry and other pro-gun measures, is seeking the Presidency of the Colorado Senate. Though her support might seem slim, State Capitol insiders are floating rumors that Wham may gather some Democrat votes, along with liberal Republicans, in a bid for the top spot.

State Representative Russ George, however, may be closer to his goal. A long-time opponent of concealed carry, George is reported to be quite close to being elected Speaker of the Colorado House, its top position. State Rep. Ken Gordon, a very liberal anti-gun Democrat, offered Russ George any help the Democrats could provide to assist in his run for Speaker.

Both positions come with enormous powers, including committee appointments, agenda setting, bill committee assignments and other perks.

Considering the record of Wham and George, gun owners should be very interested in these leadership races.

How to Stop this Unprecedented Anti-Gun Powergrab

Our only option to stop this powergrab is to convince legislative candidates and incumbents to vote against Wham or George.

Lobbying is most effective when politicians are running for office, therefore the time to pin them down on this issue is now. Ask your State Senator, or candidates for these offices, to sign this pledge to vote against Dottie Wham in the race for President of the Senate.

Then ask your State Representative, or candidate, to sign this pledge to vote against Russ George for speaker.

Tell them both that a vote for either liberal anti-gunner is unacceptable, and you view voting for Wham or George as a vote for the enemy.

Return this pledge to Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, and we will hold the politician’s feet to the fire.

Leadership Vote Pledge

As a candidate for the State Senate, I pledge to vote against anti-gun Dottie Wham in her race for President of the Senate.

    • ________________________ ____

      ________________________ ____
      Senate Candidate/Senator Date

      Witness and/or Constituent Date

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As a candidate for the State House of Representatives, I pledge to vote against anti-gun Russ George in his race for Speaker of the House.

________________________ ____

________________________ ____
State House Candidate/Representative Date

Witness and/or Constituent Date

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