The 2016 election is only a few days away and while everyone knows the presidential candidates’ stances on guns, for many the state elections, which can cause affect laws in each individual state just as much, if not more than the presidency. We here at USA Firearm Training believe that a well-informed populace is a strong one, so we are going to be sharing with you the Senate race in Colorado and the stances of the candidates on guns, to give each of you a better idea where they stand.
Colorado’s 2016 Senate race pits Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet against Republican challenger Darryl Glenn. Bennet has served one term in the U.S. Senate after a 4-year stint as the superintendent of the Denver public schools. While Glenn is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 21 years of combined active and reserve duty. He was elected to the Colorado Springs City Council in 2003 and resigned in 2010 after he was elected as District 1 county commissioner in El Paso County.
Currently, Bennet leads in an average of the polls by 14 points.
To give you an idea of where these candidates stand on the issues of guns and gun control, let’s take a look at their historical records and statements on the matter.
Michael Bennet scores a C+ by the NRA on pro-gun rights policies. This means that Bennet is a candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions.
Bennet opposes restriction on the right to bear arms according to the Christian Coalition survey question on the right to bear arms. The Christian Coalition voter guide is one of the most powerful tools Christians have to view candidates in an election. It educates citizens as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.
Bennet signed H.R.2324 & S.843 which would make it unlawful for any person to operate a gun show unless such person:
- has attained 21 years of age;
- is not prohibited from transporting, shipping, or receiving firearms and has not violated any federal firearms requirements;
- has registered with the Attorney General as a gun show operator and has provided a photograph and fingerprints;
- has not concealed material information nor made false statements in connection with a gun show operator registration; and
- notifies the Attorney General of the date, time, and duration of a gun show not later than 30 days before the commencement of such show and verifies the identity of each vendor at the gun show.
Bennet voted yes on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. In the vote, Bennet agreed to the following.
- The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding device’ means a magazine or similar device that has an overall capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition
- It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, or possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device.
- Shall not apply to the possession of any large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise lawfully possessed before 2013.
- Shall not apply to qualified or retired law enforcement officers.
Darryl Glenn at this point has no voting record regarding guns since he has not been in the position to handle gun control rulings at this time, but Glenn has stated in no uncertain terms his feelings on the second amendment.
Bennet stated “The Second Amendment to the Constitution is unambiguous. It states that, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Yet despite this Constitutional guarantee–the most fundamental guarantee of rights we have in this country– President Obama and Democrats like Michael Bennet are doing everything in their power to chip away at the rights of law abiding citizens.
The loss of life we have seen in recent days as a result of an act of violence is a horrific, tragic event. But the real solution is not to take away guns from law abiding citizens–so that criminals are the only ones left with guns.
I will continue to defend the right of all Coloradans to own, purchase, and enjoy firearms without the intrusion or monitoring of the government.”