National Rifle Association Board of Directors candidate Anthony P. Colandro submitted answers to the Gun Rights Examiner NRA Director’s Questionnaire Sunday, securing this column’s endorsement for his election.
Colandro bills himself as “Running on the Antagonist Platform,” and self-identifies as “CEO & Capitalist Marksman of Gun For Hire, New Jersey’s First Five Star Range and Training FacilityHost of Gun For Hire Radio, New Jersey’s first and only Pro-Gun show. The Voice of 1 Million NJ gun owners!” He has amassed an impressive list of leadership credentials and endorsements. In addition, this correspondent communicated yesterday with Jeff and Chris Knox of The Firearms Coalition, who conveyed their blessings on his candidacy.
Running as an independent after being turned down for consideration by NRA’s nominating committee, Colandro promises to be the type of director capable of shaking up paid staff’s heretofore unbreakable grip on the board, paving the way for other candidates who would reform management policies away from an unsettling trend of offering compromises, political deal-making, and questionable political ratings that has alienated hard core members and resulted in apathy for the director election process, estimated by Jeff Knox to only attract about seven percent of eligible members who even bother voting.
It’s for that reason, but especially because there is no easily-referenced resource to find out where an NRA director stands on the uninfringed right to keep and bear arms, that this column first offered a candidate questionnaire years back. With no real way to determine specifics from the abbreviated biographical statements provided by NRA, and with no ready way to contact the candidates to explore their priorities on a deeper level, members have, for the most part, relied on Nominating Committee recommendations that reflect those directors the paid management staff wishes to work with, leading to the not unfair speculation that it’s because those directors can be relied on to be managed.
That’s unfortunate, and leaves members who believe existing gun laws should be repealed rather than enforced, that teachers and parents, not just school resource officers should be armed, and that there is a time and place for defiance of “laws” that are clearly an affront to liberty, no place to turn.
Here is Colandro’s Q&A:
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?
Yes I do.
If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state?
Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.
I believe ALL Guns laws are Unconstitutional. The focus should be crime with a gun and criminal intent. There should be NO law infringing on the law abiding citizen.
Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional.
Sullivan Law, NY SAFE Act.
Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a permit, as in Vermont?
Do you believe that Americans have a right to own, use and carry weapons of military pattern?
Do you support or oppose Project Exile, and do you agree with current NRA management’s call to “enforce existing gun laws”?
I disagree with Project Exile because it has been use for non-gang crimes and has falsely been applied to citizens not deserving of this law. I do NOT agree with NRA's stance of supporting existing gun laws. There are many laws that need to be repealed that penalize citizens with no criminal intent.
Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry firearms? Why?
I oppose because it is our birthright protected under the constitution.
What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?
First we need a national Right To Carry in the US. I would like to see the Lautenberg act repealed first!
If elected to the NRA Board, will you back your words of support for firearms rights up with consistent actions? How?
I have stated at rallies and at 2A events throughout N.J. my opinions and actions for not yielding and inch! And I will continue to do so.
Do you agree with the way NRA assigns political ratings? If not, what would you change and why? Who would you have given a different rating to, what would it been and why?
I do disagree with many of their ratings and if I was on the board I would have fought hard to pull support from Harry Reid.
Do you disagree with any policies being promulgated by NRA management? What is your biggest area of dissent? Have you offered superior alternatives and worked with others to implement them?
I do not agree with the way NRA handles urban areas and we need to spearhead and educate inner-city residents through education to make our message heard and unite them to our 2A cause. I do not think the NRA does a good job keeping its members informed in the battle states like N.J. as to what they are doing behind the scenes.
Have you ever publicly spoken out against an NRA management position because you thought it was wrong? When, where, and what were the results?
Yes I have on GFH Radio and their lack of support in N.J. and I was attacked by ILA [NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, their political arm] for it.
What reforms do you think are needed at NRA and why?
The NRA ready for a massive shake up from the top down to refocus on 2A rights, the time for bending is over, we need to take a hard line and push our agenda of right for ALL law abiding citizens, The NRA needs to court and focus on members and move away from coddling manufacturers.
If elected, how will you inform members of your performance and voting record? Will you let us know when you dissent and why?
Yes I will, and I will use my podcast platform to state my voting record as well as my dissent.
Do you agree with Executive VP Wayne LaPierre, who stated: "[W]e believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America's schools, period ... with the rare exception of law enforcement officers or trained security personnel"? If not, what do you plan to do about it?
I disagree with LaPierre, every school in the United States should have armed protection and I have been a strong public advocate of this for years.
Will you have an "open door" policy letting NRA members know how to contact you with their concerns?
Yes I will just as I have always.
Would you consider engaging in and recommending civil disobedience over a gun law? If "Yes," give some examples of what your line in the sand would be.
Yes I would. I have already stated publicly many times "I will not comply!"
While this correspondent has seen some disparage national right to carry as an encroachment on federalism and states’ rights, and properly warn against allowing the federal government a say in standards, if it’s for matters of licensing, I’ll not argue -- however, if it means they will recognize that just as a state cannot invalidate other provisions within the Bill of Rights, so they cannot abrogate the Second Amendment, that becomes another argument.
Colandro has put himself on the line with his candid and honest responses. For guts alone he deserves a nod. Name one other candidate who has publicly given this much specific information and indicated a willingness and approachability to give more. For that reason, and because of my agreement with most of what he pledges, he has my support and endorsement, and will likely be the only candidate who does unless more choose to unequivocally and properly answer these questions.
If you’re a voting member (five-plus years continuous membership and/or Life or higher) and agree, I urge you to give him yours.
Or, we could just squander the opportunity, resign ourselves to the status quo, and complain in article and forum comments. But think first: If we can’t even change the composition of the NRA board, what chance do we have with members of Congress?
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