2018 Gun Rights Pre-Primary Candidate Survey

Dear Second Amendment Supporter,

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

We surveyed every candidate running for the Wyoming 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 Wyoming Gun Owners survey or refusal to answer particular questions would be graded as an anti-gun position.

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.

Survey Questions:

  1. Gun free zones, falsely sold as a way to stop violent crime, have been shown to do the exact opposite. Virtually every large-scale shooting in the past few years have taken place in one of these so-called “Gun Free Zones,” often with tragic results. We’ve seen this time and time again in places like the Parkland, FL high school, the Sutherland, TX church last year, the Las Vegas, NV concert, the Orlando, FL nightclub, and dozens more! Wyoming code contains multiple areas where law abiding citizens are not allowed to carry defensive firearms – leaving them vulnerable to the whims of an armed madman. In 2017, Governor Mead vetoed our bill to repeal these ‘Gun Free Zones.’ This effort will resume during the 2019 session.

If elected, would you SUPPORT legislation that repeals so called “Gun Free Zones,” in areas where the state legislature has control, knowing that they only benefit armed madmen who are looking to rack up a body count? 

________Sponsor          _________Cosponsor           ______ 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. In most cases this legislation, commonly referred to as ‘Red Flag Orders,’ would allow someone who has never even been convicted of a crime to have their gun rights arbitrarily taken away!

If elected, would you OPPOSE ‘Red Flag Orders’ and similar legislation that would deny law abiding Wyoming citizens their gun rights without due process through a court of law and without ever having been adjudicated as defective or convicted?

Yes_____                    No______

  1. Anti-gun organizations, often funded with out-of-state resources from Michael Bloomberg, have been clamoring for legislation to end all private party firearms transfers in Wyoming unless they submit to a federal NCIC check, thereby adding themselves and the firearm to a federal list. As we’ve seen, this legislation does little to stop crime but creates statewide databases of gun owners – which can be used against gun owners later.

If elected, would you OPPOSE “Universal Gun Registration” legislation that would ban all private party sales and makes criminals out of Wyoming gun owners who want to pass on family firearms to their children and grandchildren – and create a database of gun owners at the same time?

Yes_____                    No______

  1. In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting, anti-gun lawmakers, the media, and Bloomberg funded activists have been screaming for a complete ban of the AR-15 (and their standard 30-round magazine) and hundreds of related firearms all because of a variety of cosmetic features. Legislation has been introduced to ban these firearms in Washington, D.C., and lawmakers here in Wyoming have talked about introducing similar legislation. This, despite the fact that all semi-automatic firearms function essentially the same way.

If elected, would 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. Various state legislatures have already passed legislation that would ban all gun rights from American citizens between the ages of 18-20. In addition, many lawmakers at the state and federal level are publicly calling for this legislation to be enacted at the state level nationwide!  This, despite the fact that these are law abiding citizens that can serve in the military, pay taxes, get married, have careers and enjoy every other aspect of being a legal adult.

If elected, would you OPPOSE legislation that would leave American citizens between the ages of 18-20 defenseless and unable to buy a firearm for self-defense? 

Yes _____                 No _____

  1. Gun control activists have long desired a mandatory 3-day waiting period before law abiding citizens would be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment freedoms and purchase a firearm for self-defense. This, despite the fact that the madmen in some of the worst mass shootings in America, like the one at Virginia Tech or the nightclub in Florida, purchased their guns AFTER submitting to these waiting periods. Of course, these waiting periods do nothing to stop violent crime and only leave law abiding citizens vulnerable during times where they need a firearm the most.

If elected, would you OPPOSE any legislation that would place unconstitutional waiting periods limiting when a law-abiding citizen in Wyoming could purchase a firearm for self-defense?

Yes_____                    No______

  1. In 2011, Wyoming enacted Constitutional Carry legislation which merely allows law abiding citizens to carry a defensive firearm without having to add their name to a government database or pay hefty fees. Wyoming is now one of a dozen states that have also become Constitutional Carry states. But in the recent past, many gun control organizations have called for a repeal of this important legislation.

If elected, would you OPPOSE any legislation that would repeal Wyoming’s hard-won Constitutional Carry law?

_____Yes                    ______ No

  1. During the 2018 legislative session, Wyoming enacted Stand-Your-Ground law, which allows innocent citizens to defend themselves from violent criminals without having to retreat first. Absent this legislation, gun owners could be arrested and prosecuted for not retreating an arbitrary number of steps before defending themselves or their loved ones. That’s why it is important that the Wyoming legislature oppose any attempt to repeal Stand-Your-Ground law.

If elected, would you OPPOSE any legislation that would repeal Wyoming’s Stand-Your-Ground law?

_____Yes                    ______ No

  1. In the recent past, multiple cases have come to light where a gun owner has had his permit to carry application denied based, in part, on the nebulous definition of ‘prior contact with law enforcement.’ This denial is not based solely on a criminal conviction, but is often done so based on the opinions of the county sheriff or Chief of Police. Further, the chief law enforcement officer is not required to provide the applicant with a written report wherein he documents the reasons for his opinion. As a result, it is almost impossible for a gun owner to properly appeal this decision with the Department of Criminal Investigations or the court, as he has no idea why the permit was denied in the first place.

If elected, would you SUPPORT legislation that would require any permit denial to be documented in writing, including all input from local law enforcement, so that an applicant can make a proper appeal to the Department of Criminal Investigations?

_____Yes                    ______ No

The Results Received back from Primary Candidates

SP= Sponsor  | CSP = Co-Sponsor

Party Chamber District Full Name Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Notes Campaign Telephone Email Address          
R Senate 1 William Driskill C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-680-5555 [email protected]
R Senate 1 Judith Mccullough C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-756-3249 [email protected]
R Senate 1 Lenard Seeley C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-465-2204 [email protected]
R Senate 3 Martin Gubbels C Y ? ? ? ? Y Y Y 307-532-5173 [email protected]
R Senate 3 Cheri Steinmetz S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-534-5342 [email protected]
D Senate 3 Marcella Shaver 540-775-0477 [email protected]
R Senate 5 Fred Emerich 307-634-8783 [email protected]
R Senate 5 Lynn Hutchings C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-316-0858 [email protected]
R Senate 5 Ryan Wright ? N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Crossed out 'my solemn word." 307-752-3566 [email protected]
R Senate 7 Stephan Pappas 307-630-7180 [email protected]
D Senate 9 Chris Rothfuss 307-399-3556 [email protected]
R Senate 11 Larry Hicks C Y ? ? ? ? Y Y Y 307-383-7192 [email protected]
D Senate 11 Lee Stephenson 307-634-9426 [email protected]
R Senate 13 Tom James S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-371-3682 [email protected]
D Senate 13 John Hastert 307-871-1001 [email protected]
R Senate 15 Paul Barnard 307-789-9742 [email protected]
R Senate 15 Jaraun Dennis 307-679-6264 [email protected]
R Senate 15 Eugene Joyce 307-708-3022 [email protected]
R Senate 15 Wendy Schuler ? Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 307-679-6774 [email protected]
R Senate 15 Jeffrey Sims ? Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-679-4859 [email protected]
R Senate 17 Katherine Mead 307-733-0166 [email protected]
D Senate 17 Michael Gierau 307-413-0109 [email protected]
R Senate 19 Reynolds Kost 307-754-7174 [email protected]
R Senate 19 R. Peterson C Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 307-548-6405 [email protected]
R Senate 21 Dennis Biteman S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-751-6178 [email protected]
R Senate 21 David Clarendon C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-683-2870 [email protected]
R Senate 21 Dustin Looper 307-673-1308 [email protected]
D Senate 21 Hollis Hackman N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-672-7585 [email protected]
R Senate 23 Jeff Raney S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-682-7864 [email protected]
R Senate 23 William Wasserburger 307-680-2943 [email protected]
R Senate 25 James Case C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-332-7623 [email protected]
D Senate 25 Sergio Maldonado 307-349-8264 [email protected]
R Senate 27 William Landen 307-237-4067 [email protected]
R Senate 29 Drew Perkins ? Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-315-6177 [email protected]
R House 1 Tyler Lindholm S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-282-0968 [email protected]
R House 2 Hans Hunt 307-746-8899 [email protected]
R House 3 Eric Barlow 307-682-9639 [email protected]
R House 4 Dan Kirkbride 307-331-2265 [email protected]
R House 5 Roseanna Davison C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-837-2955 [email protected]
R House 5 Shelly Duncan 307-532-1119 [email protected]
R House 5 Ruth Van Mark 307-532-2013 [email protected]
D House 5 Joan Brinkley NOT PROVIDED [email protected]
R House 6 Robert Clausen 307-351-3664 [email protected]
R House 7 John Lyttle 307-632-0168 [email protected]
R House 7 Sue Wilson C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-316-7497 [email protected]
R House 8 Robert Nicholas 307-634-6057 [email protected]
D House 8 Scott Guthrie 307-634-8085 [email protected]
R House 9 Landon Brown C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-630-0582 [email protected]
R House 10 Donn Edmunds 307-630-4885
R House 10 John Eklund 307-630-6232 [email protected]
D House 10 Jenefer Pasqua NOT PROVIDED [email protected]
R House 11 Jared Olsen S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-509-0242 [email protected]
D House 11 Calob Taylor 307-640-3360 [email protected]
R House 12 Constance Czarnecki 630-927-8269 [email protected]
R House 12 Clarence Styvar S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-631-2566 [email protected]
D House 12 Ryan Lindsey C Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 307-256-9296 [email protected]
D House 13 Catherine Connolly 307-399-0482 [email protected]
R House 14 Daniel Furphy 307-760-0148 [email protected]
D House 14 Narina Nunez 307-760-3632 [email protected]
D House 14 Lorraine Saulino-Klein 307-742-5107 [email protected]
R House 15 Donald Burkhart C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-324-6007 [email protected]
R House 16 Barbara Allen 307-413-3510 [email protected]
D House 16 Michael Yin 307-201-9897 [email protected]
R House 17 Traci Ciepiela S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-922-1840 [email protected]
D House 17 Joann Dayton 307-389-1296 [email protected]
R House 18 Thomas Crank 307-727-6810 [email protected]
R House 18 Scott Heiner 307-875-4516 [email protected]
R House 19 Karl Allred S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-288-0069 [email protected]
R House 19 Danny Eyre 307-782-6376 [email protected]
R House 20 Albert Sommers 307-360-7060 [email protected]
R House 21 Evan Simpson 307-885-5588 [email protected]
R House 22 Martha Halverson C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-883-0250 [email protected]
R House 22 Justin Winney S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-413-1506 [email protected]
D House 23 Andrew Schwartz 307-413-6464 [email protected]
R House 24 Richard Jones S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-527-0616 [email protected]
R House 24 Sandy Newsome 307-272-1676 [email protected]
R House 24 Denise Shirley S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-587-4504 [email protected]
D House 24 Paul Fees 307-527-6645 [email protected]
R House 25 Dan Laursen C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-754-9805 [email protected]
R House 26 Jamie Flitner 307-765-2148 [email protected]
R House 27 Michael Greear 307-388-3399 [email protected]
R House 28 Timothy Morrison S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-868-2354 [email protected]
R House 28 John Winter C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-690-0185 [email protected]
D House 28 Howard Samelson 307-296-7006 [email protected]
R House 29 Steven Cain C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-752-6869 [email protected]
R House 29 Mark Kinner 307-674-4777 [email protected]
R House 30 Clifford Jennings C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-461-0697 [email protected]
R House 30 Gail Symons 307-737-2679 [email protected]
R House 31 Scott Clem 307-660-7141 [email protected]
R House 32 Timothy Hallinan C N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-686-6542 [email protected]
R House 33 Jim Allen C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y I cosponsored SYG in 2018' 307-349-6784 [email protected]
D House 33 Andrea Clifford 307-840-4327 [email protected]
R House 34 Timothy Salazar S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-220-1213 [email protected]
R House 35 Joseph Macguire 307-333-3653 [email protected]
R House 36 Arthur Washut C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-251-4725 [email protected]
D House 36 Debra Bovee 307-287-1779 [email protected]
R House 37 Gregory Flesvig S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-315-8960 [email protected]
R House 37 Steven Harshman 307-262-8075 [email protected]
R House 38 Tom Walters 307-265-8935 [email protected]
D House 39 Stan Blake 307-875-3779 [email protected]
R House 40 Richard Tass 307-684-2390 [email protected]
R House 41 William Henderson 307-201-9898 [email protected]
D House 41 Sean Castaneda 307-421-8262 [email protected]
R House 42 Theodore Blackburn 307-514-4318 [email protected]
D House 42 Juliet Daniels 307-433-9756 [email protected]
R House 43 Daniel Zwonitzer 307-214-7826 [email protected]
R House 44 Paul Johnson NOT PROVIDED [email protected]
R House 44 John Romero NOT PROVIDED [email protected]
D House 44 Sara Burlingame 307-214-2556 [email protected]
D House 44 Floyd Esquibel 307-638-6529 [email protected]
R House 45 Roxie Hensley 307-742-0216 [email protected]
D House 45 Charles Pelkey 307-920-0542 [email protected]
R House 46 William Haley 307-745-0450 [email protected]
D House 46 Jacqueline Grimes 307-460-3641 [email protected]
R House 47 Julie Mccallister S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-343-3663 [email protected]
R House 47 Jerry Paxton 307-327-5373 [email protected]
R House 48 Clark Stith 307-389-7735 [email protected]
R House 49 Garry Piiparinen C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-677-5222 [email protected]
R House 50 David Northrup S Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 307-272-0617 [email protected]
D House 50 Micheal Specht 307-645-3383 [email protected]
R House 51 William Adsit S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-674-6298 [email protected]
R House 51 Robert Griffin 307-620-0283 [email protected]
R House 51 Cyrus Western C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y NOT PROVIDED [email protected]
R House 52 Harry Averett 307-660-8400 [email protected]
R House 52 William Pownall 307-682-3124 [email protected]
R House 53 Roy Edwards 307-682-4131 [email protected]
R House 54 Lloyd Larsen 307-321-1221 [email protected]
R House 55 David Miller S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-857-5789 [email protected]
R House 56 Kristan Gaddis 307-259-7282 [email protected]
R House 56 Jerry Obermueller 307-262-7297 [email protected]
R House 57 Charles Gray S Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 307-251-1372 [email protected]
R House 57 Daniel Sandoval 307-277-3942 [email protected]
D House 57 Jane Ifland 307-277-0445 [email protected]
R House 58 Charles Schoenwolf 307-251-4432 [email protected]
R House 58 Patrick Sweeney 307-259-2145 [email protected]
R House 59 Bunky Loucks C Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Is that not already the law' 307-472-7367 [email protected]
D House 59 Laurie Longtine 307-259-1841 [email protected]
D House 60 John Freeman 307-875-7378 [email protected]