Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition





1. Do you believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirms every individualís right to keep and bear arms and that the Colorado Constitution reaffirms that right?

YES. All law-abiding citizens. Not violent felons.

2. Project Safe Neighborhood was intended to aggressively prosecute violent criminals who use guns during the commission of a crime.  We feel, however, that the project and others like it have gone beyond their original intent and are being used to harass all gun owners in general.  Would you support any program like Project Safe Neighborhood that is used to prosecute offenses involving guns, even if nonviolent?

I do not believe law-abiding citizens should be charged with using firearms to protect themselves, their families, or their property.

I do not know what Project Safe Neighborhood is.  I cannot answer this with knowledge.
3. Current federal and state laws place various restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding adults aged 18 to 20.  Exemplifying those affected by these restrictions are many spouses of deployed soldiers who are left unable, by law, to acquire or possess effective means of defense.  Would you support repealing these restrictions on law abiding citizens aged 18 to 20? YES. If the government says that an 18 year-old is an adult, then they should have full adult rights. NO
I was a military wife at home with 3 children while he was away with the 3rd Marine Div for 13 months.
4. Article IV of the U.S. Constitution says, "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and Judicial Proceedings of every other State".  Would you support a law that requires states to honor concealed carry permits issued by other state? YES, but each case should be reviewed. NO
5. In Vermont and Alaska law-abiding citizens have a legal right to carry concealed firearms without the requirement of obtaining a permit to do so. Would you support a similar concealed carry law in Colorado? YES, but screening process makes sense to keep weapons out of the hands of the law-abiding mentally ill. NO
6. Federal studies have shown that citizens with concealed carry permits are more law-abiding, as a group, than law enforcement. Do you support prohibiting law abiding concealed carry permit holders from carrying concealed within public schools or on school grounds?

NO. A person with a permit should be allowed to carry their weapon essentially without regard to place or situation.

Unless they are police or hired security for school - no.
7. Some proposed laws would limit gun ownership based on the appearance of the firearm or the caliber.  Would you oppose any law that limits lawful citizens from owning a specific firearm based on its appearance, cosmetic features, or caliber?

NO. All guns can cause harm if in the hands of the wrong people.

I do not have knowledge of calibers, etc.
8. Some lawsuits have been pursued against firearm manufacturers because of crimes committed with their product.  Do you believe a manufacturer should be held liable for illegal activity that occurs using their product? NO NO
9. Will you oppose the creation of a Colorado state wide database of concealed carry permit holders and the creation of any state or local database that in any way mingles any information about permit holders with that of criminals or suspects? YES. Only firearms used in a crime, regardless of who own the firearm. YES
10. What is your favorite firearm? Any that is not pointing at me! I don't use firearms.
11. Despite millions of dollars spent on the federal Brady and redundant Colorado background checks there is no evidence that either program has stopped a single criminal from acquiring a gun. Will you support the repeal of either the federal Brady or Colorado background checks?

NO. We must make sure that we do not legally allow a violent felon to access a firearm.

12. Do you believe gun owners should be required to register their firearms? NO NO
13. Do you believe there should be a limit on the number of firearms any one individual may purchase in any specific time period? NO NO
14. Do you believe there should be a limit on the number of firearms any one individual may own? NO NO
15.  Do you support upholding the state law (SB25, passed in 2003) that prohibits localities, even Home Rule entities, from limiting the rights of citizens to purchase, possess, or carry firearms (including open carry)? NO YES
16.  Do you oppose the passage of "safe storage" laws or ordinances that make it impossible for a law-abiding citizen to keep a firearm in a condition ready to defend their family? YES YES
17. Will you propose legislation to repeal some of the existing gun control laws? If yes, please elaborate.

Davidson: Probably. I am not too familiar with many of the laws in our State. Iím sure based on my responses above that I would oppose some gun-control legislation.

Steinhauer: I can't answer because I don't know about all of the existing gun control laws.

18.  Sportsmen/women in Colorado face a problem of not having access to forestland where hunting and other recreational activities are allowed.  Would you support legislation to increase access to publicly owned lands for recreational purposes, including hunting? YES I would have to see future legislation in order [to] make an informed answer.
19.  Currently the Colorado Springs municipal code states in part:


C. For purposes of this section, "display" means any opening, or unfolding, manifestation, exhibition, ostentatious showing, or exhibition for effect meant to intimidate, threaten, alarm, or frighten any person.

D. It shall be an affirmative defense that the actor displayed the weapon in self-defense, or to defend another person, or to defend the actor's premises or property. All other applicable State defenses apply.

In effect, Colorado Springs code allows one to "menace" an aggressor to protect one's self, family, or property.  Would you support a change to the Colorado State law so that it more closely parallels Colorado Springs law and would allow the presentation of a firearm as a less than lethal show of force to protect one's self, family, or property?

YES I don't know that much about it at this time.
20.  Currently, law enforcement sells confiscated property from criminal activity with the exception of firearms.  Would you support legislation that would mandate the sale of confiscated firearms rather than destruction? YES Until the legislation comes up I don't have enough information to make a decision as to why law enforcement does not want them sold.
21.  After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police began confiscating the firearms of homeowners who were defending their families, homes, and businesses.  This confiscation was stopped only after a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association.  Would you support state legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from confiscating personally owned firearm used for self-defense? YES YES
22.  Do you have any firearms experience or training that you would care to share?

Davidson: I used to shot firearms during my teenage years as a Boy Scout. I have not used a firearm since that time.

Steinhauer: I have no experience and have never fired a gun.


Any further comments you would like us to consider?

Davidson: See Letter

Steinhauer: I have answered honestly believing in the constitution and the right to bear arms. I have very little knowledge of the extensive laws on local & state laws so I cannot answer with certainty.


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