In an effort to learn candidates’ views, I am providing a gun rights questionnaire to Tennessee political candidates. Here are candidate Jerome Cochran’s answers:
April 7 at 9:37pm
1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the “supreme law of the land” and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?
1. Yes I do.
2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state?
2. Yes I do.
3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.
3. I believe that laws that prevent violent felons from owning a gun are permissable. Related to this law, I support background checks prior to purchasing as long they do not cause an undue delay in the purchase of the gun. I also believe the prohibition against the sale of certain military type weapons is permissable.
4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional.
4. I believe that laws that restrict the type of gun and ammo you can buy are unconstitutional along with the so called gun show loop hole laws that some states have.
5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a permit, as in Vermont?
5. I would support this type of legislation since I believe the right to bear arms is a funamental right protected in the Constitution.
6. Do you believe that Americans have a right to own, use and carry weapons of military pattern, and will you use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right?
6. Please clarify what you mean by military pattern weapons. I am not sure what that is.
7. Do you support or oppose registration of weapons? Why?
7. Oppose. It is unnecessary and serves no useful govermental purpose.
8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry firearms?
8. I support licensing for the simple reason in that it requires the individual to take a safety course in using, handling, and storing a gun. If there was a method to teach or require these courses other than licensing I certainly would reconsider my support for licensing.
9. What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?
9. Nearly all with the exception of the few I mentioned earlier.
10. If elected, will you back your words of support for firearms rights up with consistent actions? How?
10. During my past service in the legislature I was consistently given an A+ rating by the NRA. I have a proven record of supporting and defending the 2nd Amendment.
If you need clarification of these answers please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, if you can get me info on question 6, I will happy to provide you an answer. Thanks.
NOTE: This explanation for question 6 was sent, but I have not received his response yet:
Military pattern weapons would include short barreled rifles and shotguns, as well as fully automatic weapons, like individual soldiers carry into combat. In other words, the modern equivalent of the Revolutionary era militiaman’s weapon.
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This questionnaire was developed by National Gun Rights Examiner Dan, and is used with his permission. The original site for these questions is HERE. To see his other Examiner works, go HERE. David also writes the War on Guns blog, which can be seen HERE, and writes in Guns Magazine. HERE is a sample from that publication.
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