National Rifle Association of America

NRA-PVF
2010 Idaho Candidate Questionnaire



1. Do you agree that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms that applies to all Americans, regardless of where they live in the United States?

a. Yes.
b. No.

a

2. Considering current Idaho state firearm laws, do you support any additional restrictive state legislation regulating the sale, use, or possession of firearms or ammunition?

a. Yes, I support additional restrictive state legislation regulating firearms and ammunition.
b. Yes, I support additional restrictive state legislation regulating firearms. Please explain:
c. Yes, I support additional restrictive state legislation regulating ammunition. Please explain:
d. No, current state firearm laws are sufficient.
e. No, current state firearm laws should be improved to benefit law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Idaho.

e

3. Do you support state legislation banning the lawful manufacture, private possesion, ownership, purchase, sale and/or transfer of any firearms?

a. Yes, for all firearms. Please specify type of restrictions:
b. Yes, for all handguns. Please specify type of restrictions:
c. Yes, for some firearms. Please specify types of firearms/restrictions:
d. No, I oppose banning the lawful manufacture, private possession, ownership, purchase, sale and/or transfer of any firearm.

d

4. Idaho law allows any person who can lawfully own and posses a firearm to carry it loaded in a vehicle without a license as long as the firearm is in plain view. This is not the most safe and responsible way to carry a firearm, as it may be within reach of child passengers and it will be in view of passers-by when the car is parked unattended. Would you support “Car Carry” legislation to allow lawful firearm owners to keep their loaded firearms out-of-sight, without the requirement to obtain a concealed weapon license, in their vehicle (e.g., in the glove compartment, console or under the seat)?

a. Yes, I would co-sponsor such legislation.
b. Yes, I would support such legislation.
c. No. Please explain:

c. I would repeal concealed carry instead.

5. In 1994, Congress imposed a 10-year ban on the manufacture, for sale to private individuals, of various semi-automatic* firearms it termed “assault weapons,” and of ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which primarily affected handguns designed for self-defense. Congress’ subsequent study of the ban, as well as state and local law enforcement agency reports, showed that contrary to the ban’s supporters’ claims, the guns and magazines had never been used in more than about 1%-2% of violent crime. Since the ban expired in 2004, the numbers of these firearms and magazines have risen to all-time highs and violent crime has fallen to a 35-year low. Would you support state legislation restricting the private possession, ownership, purchase, sale and/or transfer of semi-automatic firearms and/or limits on the capacity of magazines designed for self-defence?

*Semi-automatic firearms have been commonly used for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense since their introduction in the late 1800s. All semi-automatics fire only one shot when the trigger is pulled. They are not fully-automatic machine guns, which have been strictly regulated under federal law since 1934.

a. Yes, I would support such legislation for semi-automatic firearms only.
b. Yes, I would support such legislation for magazines only.
c. Yes, I would support such legislation for semi-automatic firearms and magazines.
d. No, I would oppose such legislation.

d

6. To ensure equal protection for all law-abiding Idaho citizens and to avoid inconsistent local firearms policies and ordinances, current Idaho state law preempts local firearm regulation in favor of uniform state law. There are some who desire to repeal these laws and, thus, allow the imposition of local firearm restrictions. Would you support or oppose repeal of the state preemption law?

a. Yes, I would support repeal of the state preemptive law. Please explain:
b. No, I would oppose repeal of the state preemption law.

a. There should be no regulation of firearms at any level of government.

7. Federal law requires federally-licensed firearms dealers to keep records of the make, model, caliber, and serial number of all firearms sold. Would you support state legislation requiring all firearm owners to register all their firearm(s) for entry into a centralized state file or computer system?

a. Yes, for all firearms.
b. Yes, for all handguns.
c. Yes, for some firearms. Please specify which firearms:
d. No, I oppose state registration of firearms.

d

8. Do you support the state licensing* of individuals who own, possess, and use firearms?

a. Yes, for owners of all firearms.
b. Yes, for owners of all handguns.
c. Yes, for owners of some firearms. Please specify:
d. No, I oppose state licensing of firearm owners.

* Licensing, as used here, refers to state legislation requiring firearm owners to obtain a license from a governmental official or agency to own and possess a firearm; as a general rule, firearm owner licensing laws require fingerprinting, photographing and a background investigation of the applicant.

d

9. Federal law requires all federally-licensed firearms dealers to conduct a criminal records check prior to the sale of any firearm, whether the sale occurs at their retail store or at a gun show. Access to the FBI-run telephone-based “instant check” system is limited to licensed dealers only. Under federal law, individuals who only occasionally sell firearms from their personal collections are not “engaged in the business” of selling firearms, and are therefore (1) not required to be licensed, (2) not required to conduct records checks prior to tranferring firearms, and (3) not permitted to access the records system used by licensed dealers. Although less than 1% of guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics), gun control advocates aim to ban firearms sales at gun shows by occasional sellers and private collectors, or require that any transactions involving their legal property be conducted through a licensed dealer. Would you support legislation restricting firearms sales by occasional sellers and private collectors at gun shows?

a. Yes, I would support such legislation. Please explain:
b. No, I would oppose such legislation.

b

10. Would you support legislation restricting or regulating the private sale or transfer of all firearms between individuals or family members?

a. Yes, I would support such legislation. Please explain:
b. No, I would oppose such legislation.

b

11. Despite the fact that accidental firearm fatalities are at an all-time low and firearms are consistently near the bottom of the list of causes of accidental deaths of children, legislation has been proposed in Idaho to single out firearm owners and impose criminal sanctions on the parents or guardians of minors who injure themselves or others in firearm-related accidents. Would you support state legislation that makes parents criminally responsible if their children are involved in such accidents?

a. Yes, I would support such legislation. Please explain:
b. No, I would oppose such legislation.

b

12. Under the guise of “crime control,” anti-gun groups are promoting legislation in different states to mandate the use of certain technologies on firearms and ammunition sold within those states. “Ballistic imaging” laws would require each gun to be test fired prior to sale and “fingerprinted” for entry into a law enforcement database. In March 2008, the National Academy of Sciences concluded that “[T]he validity of the fundamental assumptions of uniqueness and reproducibility of firearms-related toolmarks has not yet been fully established.” Similarly, gun control advocates are also promoting bills requiring gun manufacturers to incorporate “micro-stamping” technology into each handgun sold, so that it imprints identifying information about the firearm onto a cartridge case when fired, and requiring ammunition manufacturers to encode each cartridge produced by imprinting a unique serial number on the case and base of the bullet for entry upon sale into a state database. These proposals rely on unproven technology, which would significantly drive up the cost of producing firearms and ammunition and have limited crime-fighting utility (a tiny fraction of legally-purchased firearms and ammunition are ever used in crimes). Would you support legislation mandating the ballistic imaging of firearms, micro-stamping of cartridge cases, or encoding of ammunition before sales could lawfully take place in Idaho?

a. Yes, I would support legislation mandating ballistic imaging, micro-stamping and/or ammunition encoding.
b. No, I would oppose legislation mandating ballistic imaging, micro-stamping and/or ammunition encoding.
c. Other. Please explain:

b

13. Lawmakers across the nation have been introducing legislation to make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm within a certain period of time from when the owner “knew or should have known” of the loss or theft, as a fix for illegal gun trafficking. This legislation has not shown to benefit law enforcement in stemming illegal gun trafficking, and only ends up victimizing law-abiding gun-owners a second time, for a crime that is not their fault. Would you support legislation making it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm?

a. No, I would oppose such legislation, as it provides no advantage to law enforcement, but puts law-abiding gun-owners in jeopardy of breaking the law.
b. Yes, I would support such legislation. Please explain:

a

14. Idaho is one of forty-seven states that has some form of concealed carry permit system for its citizens. However, there is a clear discrepancy in the law between concealed and open carry. Several states are now considering legislation to remove the requirement of a permit all together, and Arizona recently enacted such a law. Would you support legislation reforming Idaho carry laws to remove the requirement for a concealed carry permit?

a. Yes, I would support legislation to remove the requirement for a permit in Idaho.
b. Yes, I would sponsor/co-sponsor a Constitutional Carry bill in Idaho.
c. No, I feel Idaho’s concealed carry law is fine as is.
d. No, I would oppose such legislation and feel there should be more restrictions on permit holders.
e. Concealed carry needs to be repealed.
f. Other, please explain in DETAIL:

e

15. While Idaho recognizes all other states concealed weapons licenses, several states do not recognize the Idaho license because of requirements in their statutes which are more stringent than those of Idaho. Would you support legislation that creates a second tier of concealed weapons licenses with more stringent requirements to maximize the coverage for Idahoans who frequently travel out of state?

a. Yes, I would support legislation to create a more stringent second tier of licensing without affecting current licensees.
b. Yes, I would support legislation to impose more stringent standards in addition to removing the requirement for a license. (see question 14)
c. No, I feel Idaho’s concealed carry law is fine as it is.
d. Concealed carry needs to be repealed.

d

16. Currently in Idaho code, there is a discrepancy not only between concealed carry and open carry, but also in the definition of prohibited places, government buildings, and types of prohibitions on carrying. Would you support standardizing carry in all government buildings and locations except for certain sensitive locations such as jails, mental hospitals, courtrooms, judges’ chambers, and other judicial facilities?

a. Yes, I would support such legislation, even knowing some Judges, the Sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies may oppose it.
b. Yes, I would support such legislation but only if it is unopposed.
c. Yes, I would sponsor/co-sponsor such legislation no matter the opposition.
d. No, I would oppose such legislation.
e. Other. Please explain:

e. The right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed.

17. All state-funded higher learning institutions in Idaho ban faculty, staff and students from carrying a concealed handgun on campus - even if they have a state-issued license to carry a concealed firearm. NRA believes a person with a license to carry a concealed firearm should be able to carry that firearm concealed anywhere he or she has a legal right to be, except in certain “sterile” high-security locations. Assuming each classification of individuals listed below possessed a concealed handgun permit recognized by the state, who do you believe should legally be allowed to carry a concealed handgun on state college and university campuses?

a. All law-abiding persons, including visitors, faculty, staff and students.
b. Visitors, faculty, staff and some students. Please explain:
c. Faculty, staff and students.
d. Visitors, faculty, and staff.
e. Faculty and staff.
f. Each college or university should determine the policy for its campus.
g. No one should be allowed to carry a concealed handgun on state college and university campuses.

a

18. Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms if a person is convicted of certain types of misdemeanors and permanently bans those persons from owning or possessing firearms. Would you support a judicial process in the state of Idaho by which these people could petition to regain their firearms rights?

a. Yes, I would support such legislation, even knowing some Judges, the Sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies may oppose it.
b. Yes, I would support such legislation, but only if it is unopposed.
c. Yes, I would sponsor/co-sponsor such legislation no matter the opposition.
d. No, I would oppose such legislation.
e. Other. Please explain:

a

19. While Idaho has laws to protect existing ranges from being forced to close to curtail activities due to unreasonably low noise standards or nuisance lawsuits, encroaching development also makes it difficult to locate or relocate new facilities. Which of the following best describe your position on the state’s role in protecting and developing ranges:

a. Shooting ranges are very important. In addition to supporting the range protection laws, I believe that state agencies need to take the initiative to build more ranges on state land or help shooting clubs find land.
b. I support the current range protection laws but don’t believe the state should take an active role in developing additional facilities.
c. Shooting sports are an anachronism in a modern society. I oppose the range protection laws and think they should be repealed.

a

20. Which of the following best describes your attitude toward hunting?

a. Hunting is a valuable tool for wildlife management, a positive use of natural resources, and an American tradition that teaches young people responsibility and respect for the outdoors.
b. Hunting should be made illegal.
c. Other. Please explain:

a

21. Many states provide civil liability protection to private property owners who allow the public to hunt on their property. Shielding property owners from frivolous lawsuits eliminates a significant concern for property owners and encourages them to open their land to hunting. This enhances public hunting opportunities and assists the state in effectively managing its wildlife populations. Would you support passing or strengthening liability protections for private landowners who allow hunting on their property?

a. Yes. I would support this legislation.
b. No. I would oppose this legislation. Please explain:

a

22. Hunting regulations should be grounded in sound science, not politics. In other words, there should be a verifiable biological or public safety justification for hunting restrictions such as bag limits, methods and seasons. Unfortunately, many hunting regulations are imposed because one particular constituency prevails over another in a policy debate or because certain practices make enforcement efforts easier. In an effort to maintain consistent laws for wildlife management, would you support reforming hunting regulations ensuring that all regulations are based upon verifiable biological or public safety justifications and considerations?

a. Yes. I would support efforts to reform hunting regulations in this manner.
b. No. Please explain:

a

23. Idaho has thousands of acres of public hunting lands that provide a valuable resource to Idaho hunters by providing them an affordable place to hunt, as well as to pass on the heritage of hunting to future generations. In recent years, several states have protected public hunting lands with “No-Net-Loss” legislation. This legislation requires that if an area currently open to public hunting is closed to hunting, the same number of acres of public land must be opened to hunting elsewhere. In other words, it guarantees that there will never be fewer acres of public land open to public hunting than exists today. Would you support “No-Net-Loss” legislation in Idaho?

a. Yes, I would support such legislation.
b. No, I would oppose such legislation. Please explain:

b. While I agree that hunting land should be maintained while it is public, I also believe that most public land should be made private.

24. A number of states have passed constitutional amendments recognizing the citizens’ right to hunt and fish in an effort to protect these essential American traditions from relentless attacks by animal “rights” activists. Idaho’s population is changing in a way that is threatening the future of the right to hunt and fish. In order to protect this important heritage from unreasonable regulations and prohibitions, would you support a meaningful constitutional amendment protecting the Right to Hunt and Fish in the future stating: “The citizens of this State have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including the use of traditional means and methods, subject only to regulations as prescribed by the General Assembly and the appropriate agency to promote sound wildlife conservation and management. Public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. Nothing herein shall be construed to modify any provision of common law or statues relating to trespass or property rights?”

a. Yes. I would support a truly meaningful Right to Hunt and Fish amendment in Idaho.
b. No. Please explain:

a

25. Are you a member of the National Rifle Association, or any other firearm/shooting sports/sportsmen’s organization? Your response to this question will not affect your grade.

a. Yes - NRA Membership#:
b. No.

b

26. (For non-incumbents) Have you ever run for or held state or local elective office?

a. Yes. Please specify:
b. No.

b