Printed on: April 14, 2014

Idaho governor candidate spurns NRA questionnaire

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey and has criticized the organization for pushing for concealed-carry guns on Idaho college campuses.

Balukoff says Idaho's governor and Legislature shouldn't be beholden to the NRA.

Rather than complete the 23-question survey, Balukoff wrote a letter to the NRA, saying the questionnaire allows only for polarizing and extreme positions.

Balukoff wrote that he supports gun rights but says he's OK with certain gun restrictions, such as limitations on concealed weapons and firearms possession by the mentally ill and ex-felons.

A NRA spokesman tells the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/1eyM19u ) that the NRA has tens of thousands of members in Idaho and will endorse a governor candidate in the May 20 GOP primary.