A local advocate for firearms ownership announced Wednesday that he’s formed the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, which will work at the city and county level to advance Second Amendment rights.
“The national and state groups are good, but we found there is also a need to push back on our elected officials when they infringe on our rights locally, because locally is where Sacramento and Washington, D.C., politicians start,” said the PAC’s executive director, Michael Schwartz. “We are that voice for San Diego County gun owners.”
He said there have been attempts at the local level to increase fees on gun stores, restrict access to conceal carry permits, or refuse to allow firing ranges.
The PAC launched a website — www.sdcgo.org — that includes ratings of city and county elected officials. They’re given a thumbs up, thumbs down or undecided ratings based on their voting record and the PAC’s conversations with the officeholders.
For the county of San Diego, Supervisor Bill Horn received a thumbs up, while Sheriff Bill Gore got a thumbs down. The four remaining supervisors are listed in the undecided category.
For the city of San Diego, approvals were given to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the four Republican City Council members — Chris Cate, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf. Democratic council members David Alvarez, Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner received a thumbs down, and Myrtle Cole and Todd Gloria were put in the undecided category.
Schwartz said the PAC has a campaign war chest to use against candidates or officials who encroach on gun rights.
— City News Service
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