King-Thompson is the House version of the Manchin-Toomey compromise. Of the area GOP reps, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-07) have already caved to pressure from Bloomberg and CeaseFirePA and signed on as co-sponsors. Â Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-06), so far, is holding out. Bloomberg is now trying to change that, by using some anti-gun state reps in a “Women’s Roundtable” to discuss gun violence.
It’s worth noting that despite attempts, our ground effort in Fitzpatrick and Meehan’s district is not as strong as it should be for the number of gun owners. It’s much stronger in Gerlach’s district. Politicians respond to incentives, and it’s a lot easier to bring politicians along when “gun rights” is something they see regularly in their districts.