Defeat SB650 and HB6848

The following is another guest post by John Sturmer. John is the principal owner of JJ Firearms Training, LLC. He is also a Certified Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Glock Armorer, and a CCDL Member.

At our last CCDL Meeting on April 14, Ray Beavis and I spoke about what it would take politically to defeat SB650 and HB6848. We have been lucky so far in that all Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted against it, but sadly it was given a “Joint Favorable” recommendation, and will now advance. As you know, many Republicans voted FOR Senate Bill 1160 in 2013, and although we have seen all Republicans on the Judiciary committee vote against this bill, I have little faith that ALL Republicans will follow suit.

Remember… We need legislators from BOTH parties to vote against SB650 and its House counterpart in order to defeat it. There are 64 Republicans. 76 votes are needed to kill it in the House. The good news is that 10 Democrats voted against SB1160… 8 of them are still there, one lost his seat to a pro 2A Republican, and one is Steve Mikutel’s former district. Representative Mikutel if you don’t know was a better friend to CCDL than many Republicans are. I have included a list, if you live in any of these districts it is absolutely critical that you reach out and we keep these votes on the right side. There were also 20 Republican house members who voted FOR SB1160. 6 of them are on the Judiciary Committee, and all voted against this bill.

Take the following actions

  • Find your legislator and their contact info at:
  • Reach out to the chairman of your town committee, of your party. Attend a meeting if possible.
  • Find the website for your party’s state central committee. Every town has a representative. Reach out to them and let them know how you feel about these bills.
  • When you e-mail your legislator make sure to include the bill number and the fact that you oppose it clearly in the subject. They may not read your individual e-mail, but the primary driver of their vote is the consensus of their constituents. The overwhelming majority of these legislators are everyday people that just want to “do the right thing”. Sometimes they need a little help knowing what the right thing is.

The following Democratic Representatives voted “NO” on SB1160, and are still sitting members… it is critical that you reach out to them if you live in their district:
Buddy Altobello – 82nd
Theresa Conroy – 105th
Louis Esposito – 116th
Ed Jutilla – 37th
Douglas McCrory – 7th
Frank Nicastro – 79th
Danny Rovero – 51st
David Zoni – 81st

Additionally – the following Republican representatives, while the voted “Yes” on 1160, voted “No” in the Judiciary Committee. We need to keep every Republican Vote, so if you live in one of these districts, PLEASE e-mail and call:
Bill Aman – 14th –
Christie Carpino – 32nd –
Tom O’Dea – 125th –
Arthur O’Neill – 69th –
John Shaban – 135th –
Richard Smith – 108th

3 thoughts on “Defeat SB650 and HB6848

  1. Thanks for the update .. I contacted my 2 state reps. I suggested that they work to repeal the current law that the two bills are trying to amend as opposed to making it worse.

    I would recommend that CCDL contact these possible “swing” members of the General Assembly and find a) if they support either bill and, if so, or if they do not say yes or no b) why they would or do support the bill(s) [ie their reasoning to support the bills]

    This would allow us to focus our contacts to address the members who currently may vote unfavorably to us and to know the reasons why so that we can provide information to counter their reasoning why they may vote for the bills.

    Post back with this information. Its very helpful.

  2. I’ll give some thought to your points, but honestly I’m focused on getting prepared to bring out GAE bills on the floor. I can’t invest a whole lot of time right now on bills that may not ever make it to the floor for a vote, especially 650 which would have to get through the senate first.
    (email response to me contacting him about the two bills—from Rep. Jutila — seems as if he thinks I’ve contacted him prematurely; he did not answer if he currently supports or opposes the 2 bills)

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