Monday, February 23, 2009

Some questions for NRA Director candidates

David Codrea has some suggestions for candidates running for NRA Board of Director positions:

As we discussed yesterday, the election of NRA Directors is once more upon us. Voting is restricted to Life Member and higher, or those with five consecutive years of membership.

If you are eligible to vote and have concerns about the direction current management has taken the organization, if their method of assigning political ratings seems less than straightforward, if you believe we should repeal, rather than enforce existing gun laws, if you are troubled by perceived compromises, and if you share the concerns of many in the gun community over "Project Exile" and its spin-offs, perhaps you'll want to see how candidates would answer the following questions before giving them your support.
1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the "supreme law of the land" and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges a birthright of all Americans?

2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state?

3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.

4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional.

5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a permit, as in Vermont?

6. Do you believe that Americans have a right to own, use and carry weapons of military pattern?

7. Do you support or oppose Project Exile, and do you agree with current NRA management’s call to “enforce existing gun laws”?

8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry firearms? Why?

9. What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?

10. If elected to the NRA Board, will you back your words of support for firearms rights up with consistent actions? How? ...

Read the rest of the questions here.


Anonymous said...

I like the idea--where can I find a list of current NRA director candidates?

David said...

Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be an easily accessible and publicly available email list for the candidates. Or at least I haven't come across one. I guess the NRA could post that info on their website (or assign them NRA email addresses), but that would be too easy.

Thus, you would have to contact the candidates via their personal websites or via their businesses. You can get that info from their candidate bios. Per the NRA Bylaws, NRA Life Members and those who have been NRA members for 5 consecutive years are eligible to vote. You should have received your ballot and the candidate bios in your NRA magazine.

Then use your favorite search engine to find contact info for them.