Gun owners groups are considering an attempt to try and unseat five Democrats in California after the state passed a variety of gun-control bills this year.
Gun-rights advocates plan to target Assembly Speaker John Pérez and four other Democratic lawmakers in a recall campaign to serve as retribution for the passing of the bills, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
An announcement was made on Thursday by political consultant Jennifer Kerns that the Democrats they will try to unseat include Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, State Sen. Ben Hueso, State Sen. Norma Torres, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, and Peréz.
Fox News reports that the effort could be patterned on the recall elections in September that unseated two Colorado legislators, including the state Senate president. Kerns is a Republican political strategist who helped with the Colorado effort.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who joined Kerns for the announcement, said that lawmakers who voted for gun control measures ignored their pledge to support the Constitution.
“Every single assemblyman and state senator swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution,” said Donnelly, a Tea Party favorite running for governor next year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “When they violate that oath by trying to erase the Second Amendment, I think we have a duty for those who swore that oath to remove that threat.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 gun-control bills into law earlier this month, including a ban on lead ammunition used by hunters. Brown will not be a target of the recall as Kerns cited $2 million price tag to gather enough signatures to put the recall of the governor on the state ballot.
Kerns said that a scoring system is being used in which lawmakers are ranked on how they voted and how much money it would take to initiate a recall election.