NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Firearms Association has released the results of their 2014 state candidate survey today. The survey consists of 26 questions on Second Amendment issues, including Constitutional Carry and Safe Commute, as well as striking down federal law that violate the Tenth Amendment. The survey was sent to every candidate running for state legislative office in the August 7th primary election.
“Our goal was simply to ask candidates where they stand on the right to keep and bear arms and then to make that information available to the voters for their use when voting” said John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association. “Candidates who refused to take a stand by not returning their survey will be judged by the pro- Second Amendment voters in their district.”
The survey also includes a Leadership Pledge allowing candidates to state on the record that they would not endorse other candidates who are anti-gun, would not vote for leadership who is anti-gun, would work towards a recorded floor vote on firearms legislation, and would work to make caucus meetings open to the public.
Every candidate who returned their survey has their answers posted on the TFA website. Representatives Vance Dennis and Josh Evans informed the TFA that they refused to return their completed survey. Representative Charles Sargent promised in a public meeting to return his survey but then refused to do so. Candidate Clark Boyd, who is challenging Senator Mae Beavers, also told TFA he would be returning his survey but did not.
The answers from each candidate can be viewed here: http://www.tennesseefirearms.org/news/item/7-2014-candidate-survey-results