2018 Gun Rights Pre-Primary Candidate Survey

Dear Second Amendment Supporter,

Welcome to the 2018 Ohio Gun Owners Pre-Primary Survey Results page.

We surveyed every candidate running for the Ohio House and Senate in the 2018 election cycle, and asked them all the 9 questions listed below.

Each candidate was clearly informed that a failure to return the 2018 Ohio Gun Owners survey or refusal to answer particular questions would be graded as an anti-gun position.

While we will be surveying post primary for purposes of the general election, gun owners are situated to make a huge impact by making knowledgeable choices in the primary process.

To find out what district you live in, please click HERE.

Knowing which district you live in will enable you to scroll through the results below to find out where you candidates stand on our Second Amendment.

Vote PRO-GUN on May 8th!

-- Chris Dorr

GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SURVEY RESULTS

Republican Ticket
- Mike DeWine: "F" rated by the NRA, No Survey Returned, Anti-gun record in Congress, REFUSES to fill out the Ohio Gun Owners Candidate Survey
- Mary Taylor: Candidate Survey Returned, all 9 questions answered correctly, promising to be 100% Pro-Gun.

Democrat Ticket
- Richard Cordray: No Survey Returned
- Larry Ealy: No Survey Returned
- Dennis Kucinich: "REFUSED" Survey Returned
- Bill O'Neill: No Survey Returned
- Paul Ray: No Survey Returned
- Joseph Schiavoni: No Survey Returned

Survey Questions:

  1. Constitutional Carry recognizes that every law-abiding citizen has the right to carry a gun, openly or concealed, for any reason they want to, except to commit a crime. Thus, with no government bureaucracy or license, Ohio citizens could defend themselves, and criminals who use firearms to commit crimes are severely punished. This is the law in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, West Virginia, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire and most of Montana.  If passed in Ohio, this law will allow thousands of people the right to carry a firearm for any lawful purpose with no additional paperwork or fees.

Would you support Constitutional Carry legislation, which would allow all law-abiding Ohioans the right to carry a weapon, either concealed or openly, without having to first obtain government permission and be added to a list, as is done in several other states? 

   _____Sponsor  ______Cosponsor   ______ No

  1. Stand-Your-Ground law, already on the books in dozens of states, simply removes the duty to retreat before an individual can defend themselves from a violent attacker in public places, the same way we don’t have to retreat when attacked in our homes, businesses, or vehicles. The bill provides an enactment clause, establishes a threatened use of force to allow for tactical retreat from a deadly situation, and states that you can’t be civilly sued or criminally charged if a burden of proof cannot be met.

Would you support Stand-Your-Ground legislation that allows Ohioans to defend themselves, with force if necessary, from violent criminal attacks that occur in public places without having to retreat, as well as ensuring that they can’t be bankrupted by expensive or frivolous lawsuits?

  ________Sponsor   _________Cosponsor  ______ No 

  1. Many cities and municipalities across Ohio have or are enacting their own gun laws that are stricter than state law. This is in direct violation of Ohio’s law, which forbids cities and municipalities from enacting laws regarding the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms that are stricter than state law. Unchecked, Ohio could have hundreds of different laws regarding concealed carry, resulting in law abiding Ohioans being in violation of a local ordinance while being in compliance with state law.

Would you support legislation that would strengthen Ohio’s important pre-emption law that ensures no local government body can pass a gun law that is stricter than state law, to put an end to the city-by-city abuse that Ohioans are currently experiencing?   

________Sponsor   _________Cosponsor  ______ No

  1. 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, especially when “compromises” are offered.

Will you oppose all methods of gun control, including those that the media calls "reasonable," such as laws that disallow those with simple misdemeanor convictions from owning and carrying guns, increasing the minimum age of those who carry guns for self-defense, new taxes on ammunition, and new ways to track guns and gun owners?

  Yes _____  No _____

  1. 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 misconception that semi-automatic firearms are so-called "assault weapons." All semi-automatic firearms function essentially the same, as do all magazines.  The federal ban on “assault weapons” expired in September 2004, and Ohio has eliminated its own restrictions on magazine capacity, but some in Ohio are trying to make these firearms illegal here by state law.

Do you oppose legislation banning the manufacture, sale or possession of semi-automatic firearms and/or large-capacity magazines, recognizing that these restrictions do nothing to stop crime but only serve to harass gun owners?

  Yes _____  No _____

  1. Several states have recently adopted a “Firearms Freedom Act’ which states that any firearms made and sold in their home state, therefore not involved in interstate commerce, are not the concern of the federal government and not subject to federal regulations. This has important legal and fiscal ramifications to Ohio gun manufacturers and owners.

Do you support the idea of a Firearms Freedom Act here in Ohio, which simply allows guns that are made and sold in Ohio, and are not involved in interstate commerce, to be subject to the laws of Ohio only and not those of the federal government as several other states have done?

  Yes_____  No______

  1. Anti-gun organizations, often funded with out of state resources, have been clamoring for legislation to end all private party sales in Ohio – and go so far as to make it a felony for family members to pass firearms down to the next generation without submitting to a federal NCIC check, thereby adding themselves and the firearm to a federal list.

Do you oppose Bloomberg’s “Universal Gun Registration” legislation that would ban all private party sales and label offenders as felons for simply passing down a family firearm to a descendant or sharing a firearm with a friend while on a hunting trip?

Yes_____  No______

  1. Mental health has become a back door for gun control by expanding the criteria for voluntary and involuntary mental health commitments, adding more and more people to the NCIC ‘prohibited persons’ list often without due process and full adjudication by a court of law. Once a person’s name is placed on this list, it is virtually impossible to have it removed. Legislation has been introduced multiple times in recent years that would greatly expand the range of people who would be able to add a person’s name to the prohibited person’s list, including “Red Flag” legislation that would strip gun owners of their Second Amendment Rights without due process.

Would you oppose all so-called “mental health” legislation that would deny law abiding Ohioans their gun rights without due process through a court of law?

Yes_____  No______

  1. Most mass shootings happen in so-called “Gun-Free” areas where law-abiding citizens are forced to disarm, which quite literally has resulted in violent criminals targeting these sites. This prevents otherwise law-abiding citizens from defending themselves, their loved ones and innocent citizens around them.

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?”

   ________Sponsor   _________Cosponsor  ______ No

The Results Received back from Primary Candidates

SP= Sponsor  | CSP = Co-Sponsor

PartyFull NameChamberDistrictQ1Q1Q3Q4Q5Q6Q7Q8Q9
RRobert McColleyS1---------
RAndrew BrennerS19CSPCSPCSPYYYY-CSP
RJoel SpitzerS19---------
RRyan SawyerS13SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RNathan ManningS13---------
RBrad LamoreauxS7SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RSteve WilsonS7---------
RCraig KupferbergS1---------
RBob BarkerS1SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RBrian BaldridgeH90CSPCSPSPYYYYYSP
RJustin PizzulliH90SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RJustin GrimesH90---------
RRiordan McClainH87---------
RSteve ReinhardH87-CSPCSPYNYY-CSP
RDoug WeisenauerH87---------
RMatthew SammonsH86SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RTracy RichardsonH86---------
RNino VitaleH85SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RRochiel FoulkH85---------
RJoseph RatermannH85---------
RJustin GriffisH85---------
RJoseph MonbeckH84---------
RAaron HeilersH84SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RTravis FaberH84SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RSusan ManchesterH84CSPCSPCSPYYYYYCSP
RJon CrossH83SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RCheryl BucklandH83---------
RJames HoopsH81---------
RThomas LiebrechtH81SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RJena PowellH80SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RJohn O'BrienH80---------
RGeorge LovettH80---------
RJd WintereggH80SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RRon HoodH78SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RAndrew SmigelskiH78---------
RAustin ReidH78CSPSPSPYYYYYSP
RJim LutzH75SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RBill DeanH74CSPCSPCSPYYYYYCSP
RLarry HouseholderH72CSPCSPCSPYYYYYCSP
RKevin BlackH72SPCSPSPYYYYYSP
RKris JordanH67SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RBrian LorenzH67CSPSPSPYYYYYSP
RDenise MartinH67---------
RJohn BeckerH65SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RLarry HawthorneH98---------
RMartha YoderH64---------
RScott LippsH62---------
RDaniel KrogerH62SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RJamie CallenderH61---------
RJohn PlecnikH61---------
RDick SteinH57CSPCSPCSPYYYYYCSP
RCandice KellerH53SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RWes RetherfordH51SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RSara CarruthersH51---------
RGreg JolivetteH51---------
RJosh HaganH50---------
RReggie StoltzfusH50---------
RDerek MerrinH47---------
RBarbara LangH47---------
RJeffrey SmithH43SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RKenneth HenningH43---------
RSarah ClarkH42SPSPCSPYYYYYSP
RNiraj AntaniH42SPSPSPYY?YYSP
RPhil PlummerH40SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RMike RasorH37---------
RCraig ShubertH37---------
RDexter VaughanH37---------
RMarilyn TunnatH32SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RBill SeitzH30NOCSPCSPYYYYYCSP
RCharles TassellH28---------
RMatthew RobinsonH28---------
RJonathan DeverH28---------
RChris CurryH19---------
RTim BarhorstH19---------
RDave FergusonH19---------
RMichael Pircio H99SPSPSPYYYYYCSP
RMark BehrendtH98---------
RDave GreenspanH16---------
RMonique BoydH16---------
RShane GunnoeH98---------
RFiona RuminskiH96---------
RBob MazeroskiH96CSPCSPCSPYYYYYCSP
RShane WilkinH91---------
RMichael CantyH06---------
RJim TrakasH06---------
RBeth EllisH91---------
RScottie PowellH90SPSPSPYYYYYSP
RRandy LawH64SPSPSPYYYYYSP