A few years ago, I decided to make a note of which lawmakers sought or ran on NRA’s endorsement who initially refused to step up and support national reciprocity. After people reported calling the offices of the mysteriously missing potential co-sponsors, several stepped up and signed on.
While looking at the Pennsylvania angle again for this year, imagine my surprise when I found some key names left off of the sponsors list – again.
These are the members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation who support the bill:
- Rep. Mike Kelly (R)
- Rep. Tom Marino (R)
- Rep. Tim Murphy (R)
- Rep. Scott Perry (R)
- Rep. Keith Rothfus (R)
- Rep. Bill Shuster (R)
- Rep. Glenn Thompson (R)
I might add that Rep. Rothfus actually didn’t have the NRA endorsement last time around. He had an A rating, but with the incumbent Democrat’s record, it was issued to the incumbent.
These are the members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation who sought & received NRAâ€™s endorsement in 2012 against anti-gun opponents who are not on that list:
- Rep. Lou Barletta (R)
- Rep. Charlie Dent (R)
- Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R)
- Rep. Jim Gerlach (R)
- Rep. Pat Meehan (R)
- Rep. Joe Pitts (R)
For 2014, Rep. Gerlach is retiring, but the others will be on the ballot. Reps. Dent, Barletta, and Pitts are expected to be pretty safe, so I’m surprised that they are not willing to help their law-abiding license holder constituents. In fact, Charlie Cook has all three of those seats, plus Rep. Meehan, in the “Solid Republican” category as not really competitive.
In 2014, I find it hard to get excited by candidates who don’t even think that law-abiding citizens who undergo regular background checks still can’t be trusted with firearms. If you live in any of these districts, it might be good to let them know that you noticed they wanted your vote in 2012, but that they won’t even get on board with national reciprocity.