Your Candidates On Gun Rights

Your Candidates On Gun Rights

This article contains critical information for pro-gun voters.

If you haven’t already voted, the gun-rights information below might help you decide which candidate you may or may not want to support.

(To find out what district you live in, click here. To find out who your candidates for the Minnesota House are, click here. To find your voting location, click here. Most polls open at 7am, but some can choose to open as late as 10am. All polls close at 8pm.)

Early this summer, Minnesota Gun Rights set out to survey each and every candidate that was running to be your elected voice in St. Paul.

As a service to our membership, we wanted to find out where the candidates stand on the important gun-related issues that, if elected, your representative will likely face at the capitol.

It was a simple, 8-question survey designed to give voters an idea of where their candidate stands on the issue of gun-rights. Moreover, it was a survey which would allow gun-owners to hold their elected representatives accountable should they find out their politician lied just to get in office.

We asked questions about issues like supporting Constitutional Carry, opposing standard-capacity magazine bans, opposing Bloomberg’s Universal Gun Registration schemes and more.

We sent them out to every single candidate expecting that pro-gun candidates would fill them out so that pro-gun voters would know where they stand.

Unfortunately, we immediately began hearing rumors that a key anti-gun legislator was calling around to other candidates telling them not to fill out the 2014 Minnesota Gun Rights Candidate Questionnaire. The reason? Because “they aren’t willing to have reasonable discussions about gun-rights” and “they have no interest in acting respectful towards legislators that don’t agree with their beliefs on the 2nd Amendment.”

We admit freely we don’t believe in wiggle-room when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. If pro-gun organizations sit down at the table of compromise, they walk away a loser every time. 

It isn’t enough anymore to simply say, “I love to hunt, and I’m a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment.”

Heck, President Obama says the same thing. So do the 6 “A-rated” United States Senators who voted for Manchin-Toomey Background Checks in 2013, the biggest gun-control push in a generation. And so have a myriad of local politicians in states like New York, Connecticut or Colorado where they’ve passed Draconian gun-control laws which made outlaws out of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens.

With Michael Bloomberg choosing Minnesota as the state he wants to make a gun-control model for the rest of the nation, the possibility of gun-control isn’t theoretical anymore.

So with that in mind, the results of the survey program are listed below.

If your legislator is not listed, they either listened to the advice of the political class in St. Paul or lacked the courage to put their conviction on paper.

Either way, we encourage pro-gun voters to go to the polls and fight for our 2nd Amendment Rights.

Without the 2nd Amendment, the rest of our Rights will fall.

For Freedom,


Chris Dorr
Executive Director

Question #1: If elected, would you support legislation to implement no-permit necessary, “Constitutional Carry,” which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms concealed for self-defense, without a government-issued permit or training card?

Question #2: If elected, would you support the passage of a bill to render unconstitutional federal gun controls unenforceable in the state of Minnesota, with strong enforcement provisions, such as the Firearms Protection Act?

Question #3: If elected, would you oppose legislation to limit the sale, manufacture, importation, or possession of rifles, shotguns or handguns (including semi-automatic firearms); or magazines with certain arbitrary capacity limits?

Question #4: If elected, would you support legislation to eliminate restrictions on law-abiding gun owners from carrying a firearm in certain so-called “Gun-Free” areas, otherwise known as “Criminal Safe Zones?”

Question #5: If elected, would you support legislation to allow law-abiding and legally eligible citizens — including students — to carry concealed on state-run college and university campuses?

Question #6: If elected, would you oppose legislation to restrict law-abiding citizens from privately selling firearms to other law-abiding citizens without requiring a Federal Firearms Licensee as an intermediary or a state or federal background check?

Question #7: If elected, would you oppose all so-called “mental-health” legislation that would deny law-abiding individuals their gun rights without due process through a court of law?

Question #8: If elected, would you support legislation strengthening Minnesota’s self-defense laws by eliminating the so-called “duty-to-retreat” and allowing the use of force or if necessary, deadly force, if an individual is attacked in a place they have a right to be?

Legend: R=Republican, DFL=Democratic Farmer Labor, Y=Yes, N=No, S=Sponsor, C=Co-sponsor

Dist      Name       Party 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
02A      Hancock, Dave R C N Y N C Y Y C
03B      Fremling, Wade R C S Y S S Y Y S
04A      Gramer, Brian E. R S C Y S N Y Y C
04B      Laduke, Jared R S S Y S S Y Y S
05A      Nelson, Phillip R S S Y S S Y Y S
05B      Anzelc, Tom DFL C S Y C S Y Y C
07A      Hall, Becky R C C Y C C Y Y C
08A      Nornes, Bud R N N N N N N N N
08B      Sieling, Jay DFL N C Y N C N N N
09B      Doty, Al DFL C C Y C C Y N C
10B      Lueck, Dale R C S Y C C Y Y C
11A      Hafvenstein, Tim R C C Y C C Y Y S
11B      Rarick, Jason R C S Y C S Y Y C
12A      Backer, Jeff R S C N S C Y Y S
12B      Anderson, Paul R C C Y C C Y Y C
13A      Howe, Jeff R C C Y S C Y Y C
15A      Erickson, Sondra R C C Y C C Y Y C
19A      Spears, Kim R C C Y C C Y Y C
19B      Kruse, Dave R C C Y C C Y Y C
21A      Kelly, Tim R C C Y C C Y Y S
21B      Schneider, M.A. DFL N N N N N Y N N
21B      Drazkowski, Steve R S S Y C C Y Y C
22A      Schomacker, Joe R N N N N N N N N N
23A      Gunther, Bob R C C Y C C Y Y C
26B      Wright, Rich DFL N N Y N N Y Y N
27B      Schminke, Dennis R C N Y C C Y Y C
28A      Hahn, Lynae R C S Y C C Y Y S
28B      Davids, Gregory M. R C C Y C C Y Y C
29A      McDonald, Joe R C C Y S C Y Y S
30A      Zerwas, Nick R N C Y C C Y Y C
30B      Lucero, Eric R S S Y S S Y Y S
33B      Pugh, Cindy R C C Y S S Y Y C
39A      Dettmer, Bob R C C Y C C Y Y C
39A      Stender, Tim DFL N C Y S S Y Y C
39B      Lohmer, Kathy R C C Y C C Y Y C
40A      Sutphen, Charles R S S Y S S Y Y S
41B      Utz, Tim CP C C Y S C Y Y S
43B      Whitethorn, Justice R S S Y S S Y N S
45A      Lieberman, Richard R C C Y C C Y Y C
47A      Nash, Jim R S S Y S S Y Y S
47A      Gieseke, Matthew W. DFL N C Y S N N N N
52A      Blum, Joe R S C Y S C Y Y S
54A      Kowalski, Matthew R S C Y C C Y Y C
54B      McNamara, Denny R N N N N N N N N N
55A      Loonan, Bob R N C Y N N Y Y C
55B      Ondish, Josh D. I S S Y S S Y Y S
56B      Peterson, Roz R C C Y C C Y Y C
59A      Statema, Fred R N C Y C C N N C
61B      Gallagher, Tom R S S Y S S Y Y S
62A      Lundeen, Bruce R S S N S C Y Y S
62B      Hanson, Julie R C C Y C C Y Y C
63A      Bragg, Kyle R C C Y C C Y Y C
64A      Brown, Andrew R S S Y S S Y Y S
66A      Heyer, Jon R C C Y C C N Y C
66B      Paulson, Lizz R C S N S C Y Y C

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