Monday, February 14, 2011

New HR 308 Co-Sponsors

HR 308, Carolyn McCarthy's bill to ban standard capacity magazines and other loading devices, has 15 new co-sponsors which brings the total to 80. I still don't see any Republicans as co-sponsors of this bill or of Sen. Frank Lautenberg's companion bill, S. 32.

Last week, this bill was sent by the House Judiciary Committee to their Subcomittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security which is chaired by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) who is A-rated by the NRA on gun issues. Two-thirds of the Democrat minority of this subcommittee are listed as co-sponsors of HR 308.

The new co-sponsors are:
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 2/10/2011
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 2/10/2011
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 2/10/2011
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 2/10/2011
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 2/10/2011
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 2/10/2011
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 2/10/2011
Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] - 2/10/2011
Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] - 2/10/2011
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 2/10/2011
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 2/10/2011
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 2/10/2011
Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 2/10/2011
Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] - 2/10/2011
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 2/10/2011
UPDATE: Four more fellow travelers have been added to McCarthy's list of co-sponsors.
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 2/15/2011
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] - 2/15/2011
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 2/15/2011
Rep Garamendi, John [CA-10] - 2/15/2011
Lisa Price, the wife of Rep. David Price, is the co-founder and long-time head of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. Rep. Price is also a co-sponsor of McCarthy's "gun show loophole" bill.

One name missing from this list is Rep. Nancy Pelosi. I doubt she has changed her stripes but it is interesting nonetheless.

UPDATE II:  Another four Democrats have signed on to HR 308 as of yesterday.
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] - 2/17/2011
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 2/17/2011
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] - 2/17/2011
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 2/17/2011
UPDATE III: You can add two more Democrats to the list of co-sponsors of HR 308.
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 2/18/2011
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] - 2/18/2011
Schiff lists himself as a Blue Dog Democrat but this doesn't look like what I'd expect a Blue Dog to do. Maybe he is really a Purple Dog just like Rep. Jane Harman who is also listed as Blue Dog. Harman was on the original list of co-sponsors of this bill.


  1. How's the Co Chair?

  2. Rep. Louie Gohmert is a conservative Republican from Texas. He is pro-gun and was one of the original co-sponsors of the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

    He is catching grief from the anti's right now because he is proposing a bill to allow Congressmen to carry concealed in DC. Now I wish it was everyone....