Often people will ask us if their legislator supports or opposes commonsense gun violence prevention policies. We have devised a scoring system designed to give citizens a snapshot of where their elected officials stand.
We achieved this by examining the voting records of all incumbents. Each member has been given one of three colors to demonstrate their position:
Green: These members have consistently and steadfastly voted to support gun violence prevention policies. They have also voted against measures that we have specifically opposed.
Yellow: These members have a mixed voting record. This means that while they may have voted for bills that we believe may save lives, they also may have voted for bills that we believe endanger public safety.
Red: These members vote against gun violence prevention policies. Regardless of their rationale, they consistently ignore those clamoring for better gun laws and vote the way the NRA asks them to.
No Ranking: These members did not have the opportunity to vote on legislation we utilized to determine these rankings. Their lack of ranking does not indicate their level of support for or against gun violence prevention policies but reflect their absence within the legislature at the time of the votes listed below.
New Member: These new members have not had the opportunity to vote on legislation we utilized to determine these rankings. Their lack of ranking does not indicate their level of support for or against gun violence prevention policies but reflect their absence within the legislature at the time of the votes listed below.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
|54th||Bob Brooks||No ranking|
|85th||David Rowe||No ranking|
|106th||Thomas Mehaffie III|
|148th||Mary Jo Daley|
|155th||Danielle Friel Otten|
|4th||Art Haywood II|
|48th||Dave Arnold||New Member|
While several votes were considered in this scoring, the following subjects were weighted heavily: special standing/expanded preemption, ammunition limitations, guns in schools, background checks, and domestic violence victims protections. In addition, for members of the House Judiciary Committee (noted with an *), votes from the June 2018 and September 2019 voting meetings were considered.