ABOUT US

Our Mission Statement

WHAT DO WE DO?

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO) is a political organization that focuses on expanding and restoring Second Amendment rights within San Diego County. SDCGO was formed due to an aggressive and successful legislation and regulatory effort to significantly limit or eliminate the firearms industry and the general ownership and use of firearms and the firearms industry in California at the municipal, county, and state level. SDCGO’s solution is a local, non-partisan, volunteer group with full-time staff that does four things to get the right people elected on local San Diego councils and boards:

  • Second Amendment Advocacy at the city/county level
  • Second Amendment Community Organizing
  • Political Fundraising
  • Working with the local gun industry on the first 3

HOW DO WE DO IT?

SDCGO is dedicated to preserving and restoring San Diego citizens’ gun rights. SDCGO has developed a strong, permanent infrastructure that focuses on changing the face of gun ownership by working with and through volunteers with regard to local and state level activism and outreach. Since its beginning in 2015, SDCGO has made a profound influence and advancement on policies protecting the Second Amendment throughout San Diego County.

SDCGO provides a calendar of activist events and recreational shooting events on our website and through a weekly email and the opportunity to get together with a variety of other activists at our monthly organizational meetings.

Our members are active in their neighborhood community and joined SDCGO to leverage their efforts together as an influential, effective Second Amendment rights organization.

WHO DO WE REPRESENT?

San Diego County Gun Owners consists of San Diego's shooting enthusiasts, Second Amendment supporters, people who own guns for defensive reasons or sport, firearms dealers and firearms accessory dealers, and elected officials who want to restore and protect the right to keep and the right to bear arms in California.

WHAT DO WE ADD TO SAN DIEGO?

We bring a Second Amendment focus to local San Diego politics that did not exist. SDCGO is the permanent infrastructure to improve candidate bench strength and precinct operations and a meaningful way for gun owners to get involved in politics. SDCGO will increase voter turn-out by giving guidance and hope to single-issue, Second Amendment voters.

Together We Will Win.

SDCGO VOLUNTEER ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Your San Diego County Gun Owners PAC 2019 Board Members

Interested in becoming a Board Member?

Volunteer Advisory Board Members

<font color=black> Leo Hamel </font>

Leo Hamel

Owner

Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers

<font color=black> Barbara Starr </font>

Barbara Starr

Software Executive

Wine Industry

<font color=black> Brian Jones </font>

Brian Jones

State Senator

38th Senate District of CA

<font color=black> Scott Vinson </font>

Scott Vinson

Business Owner

Coldwell Banker Royal Realty

<font color=black> Lisa Gunther </font>

Lisa Gunther

Business Owner

Gunther Guns

<font color=black> Tom Reeve </font>

Tom Reeve

Attorney

Retired

<font color=black> Jimmy Lin </font>

Jimmy Lin

Property Management

Yea Chang USA

<font color=black> Ryan Peterson </font>

Ryan Peterson

Business Owner

Gunfighter Tactical

<font color=black> Warren Manfredi </font>

Warren Manfredi

Real Estate Agent

Manfredi Real Estate Group

<font color=black> Joe Drammissi </font>

Joe Drammissi

Instructor/Consultant/Author

Enlightened Project Management

<font color=black> Danielle Pinkston </font>

Danielle Pinkston

Co-Owner/Instructor

Active Shooter Defense School

<font color=black> Paul Hynes </font>

Paul Hynes

President/CEO

HearthStone | Private Wealth Management

<font color=black> Jason Springston </font>

Jason Springston

Business Owner

Springston Design

<font color=black> Jane Hopper </font>

Jane Hopper

Attorney

Retired

<font color=black> Morgan Ballis </font>

Morgan Ballis

Chief Firearms Instructor

Defensive Tactics and Firearms

<font color=black> Daniel Modafferi </font>

Daniel Modafferi

Attorney

Meyers Fozi & Dwork, LLP

<font color=black> Gina Roberts </font>

Gina Roberts

Engineer

Roberts and Roberts Engineering

<font color=black> Lance Pelky </font>

Lance Pelky

Financial Advisor

Lance Pelky & Associates, Inc.

<font color=black> Graham Fletterich </font>

Graham Fletterich

Business Owner

Gunneration X

<font color=black> Rich Yumul </font>

Rich Yumul

CEO

Sagetree Digital Marketing

<font color=black> Rob McNelis </font>

Rob McNelis

Mortgage Broker

Movement Mortgage

<font color=black> James Miller </font>

James Miller

Attorney / Trustee

Law Offices of JP Miller / Cajon Valley School Board

<font color=black> Amanda Rigby </font>

Amanda Rigby

City of Vista

City Council Member

<font color=black> Shaun Anderson </font>

Shaun Anderson

Business Owner

Del Mar Car Care

<font color=black> Patrick Batten </font>

Patrick Batten

Public Affairs Managers

Southwest Strategies

<font color=black> Jeff Malik </font>

Jeff Malik

Business Owner

JM Real Estate Investments, Inc.

<font color=black> David Merritt </font>

David Merritt

Commercial Insurance Broker David@mainline-ins.com

Mainline Insurance Services

<font color=black> Michael Schwartz </font>

Michael Schwartz

Executive Director michael@sdcgo.org

San Diego County Gun Owners

<font color=black> Wendy Hauffen </font>

Wendy Hauffen

Chief Operating Officer / Project Manager wendy@sdcgo.org

San Diego County Gun Owners / NotMeSD

<font color=black> Melissa Lee </font>

Melissa Lee

Marketing and Social Media Manager melissa@sdcgo.org

San Diego County Gun Owners

<font color=black> Desiree Bergman </font>

Desiree Bergman

Project Manager desiree@notmesd.org

NotMeSD

<font color=black> Xander White </font>

Xander White

Director of Client Services xander@sdcgo.org

San Diego County Gun Owners

<font color=black> John Dillon </font>

John Dillon

Special Counsel jdillon@dillonlawgp.com

Dillon Law Group APC

SDCGO'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

SDCGO works for you, both in the public view and behind the scenes, to bring you tangible results.

So what has SDCGO actually done? The measure of an organization is its accomplishments. Here is what we have done to build an effective organization and fight to restore your gun rights:

2020:

  • Fourth year as permanent guest on Gun Owners Radio
  • Sponsor at the 7th Annual Sheila Hamed Charity Handgun Course at Front Sight, Nevada along with The Shooters Hangout
  • Passed the 2,200 member mark, including a record 111 new members in September 2020
  • Media appearances in and on NBC, ABC, CBS, KUSI, Union Tribune, Poway News Chieftain, KOGO (Carl DeMaio Show), OSideNews, East County Californian, East County Magazine, East County Style, Times of San Diego, La Mesa Patch, The American Dream, Pomerado News, Oceanside News, and more
  • Adapted to the changes due to Covid-19 and hosted Facebook Live monthly meetings
  • Created an exclusive SDCGO chat room for all members
  • Endorsed over 40 local candidates and put money and volunteers into helping them in the March and November elections
  • Unveiled 3 levels of membership to help even more activists participate in SDCGO's successes! Patriot, Challenge, and 10 Ring Members. www.sdcgo.org/join
  • Helped San Diego County reach 4,300 CCWs issued
  • Launched our Tabletops at Gun Shops initiative to educate and recruit new members
  • Championed unlimited guns on CCWs on behalf of gun owners to the San Diego Sheriff's Department
  • Filed an instrumental amicus brief in Duncan v. Becerra (magazine capacity limit lawsuit) which the judge relied heavily on when issuing an injunction
  • Plaintiff in a lawsuit, along with several SDCGO members, against the State to lift the Assault Weapons Ban (Miller v. Becerra)
  • Hosted our very first online auction

2019:

  • Sponsor at the 6th Annual Sheila Hamed Charity Handgun Course at Front Sight, Nevada along with The Shooters Hangout
  • Third year as permanent guest on Gun Sports Radio
  • Passed the 1200 members mark
  • Averaging over 100 combined attendees at three monthly meetings
  • Had a record 132 members at monthly meeting at Gunfighter Tactical
  • Signed up record number of members in one day during Freedom Week
  • Media appearances in and on NBC, ABC, CBS, KUSI, Union Tribune, Poway News Chieftain, KOGO (Carl DeMaio Show), OSideNews, East County Californian, East County Magazine, East County Style, Times of San Diego, La Mesa Patch, The American Dream, Pomerado News, Oceanside News, and more
  • Held a successful fourth annual Second Amendment Celebration Dinner at the Town & Country Hotel with 600 guests raising over $150,000
  • Victoriously overcame efforts of San Diego County Board of Supervisors to shut down shooting on federal public land (BLM)
  • Added a monthly meeting in Fallbrook due to popular demand
  • Hosted hundreds of CCW seminars, including monthly seminars at Discount Gun Mart, Poway Weapons and Gear, North County Shooting Center, Glockstore, and Defensive Tactics and Firearms
  • Announced #NotMeSD, an initiative to stop domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Celebrated 150th show of Gun Sports Radio in June 2019
  • Organized dozens of activists to attend the San Diego City Council where SDCGO Board Member gave presentation on why a gun storage law is dangerous and unnecessary
  • Hosted our annual SDCGO Members BBQ that sold out
  • Worked with Trump Administration officials including the Secretary of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management to open public land in San Diego for sport shooting
  • Hosted our annual SDCGO Christmas Party with over 150 guests

2018:

  • With PWG, co-hosted and organized the Second Annual California Gun Laws Convention panel discussion
  • Sponsor at the 5th Annual Sheila Hamed Charity Handgun Course at Front Sight, Nevada along with The Shooters Hangout
  • Permanent guest on Gun Sports Radio
  • Passed the 1000 members mark
  • Averaging over 100 combined attendees at three monthly meetings
  • Signed up nearly 200 members in the first two months of 2018
  • Media appearances in and on NBC, ABC, CBS, KUSI, Union Tribune, Poway News Chieftain, KOGO (Carl DeMaio Show), OSideNews, East County Californian, East County Magazine, East County Style, Times of San Diego, La Mesa Patch, The American Dream, Pomerado News, Oceanside News, and more
  • Held a successful third annual Second Amendment Celebration Dinner at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Gathered 3,100+ individual signed letters in support of Crossroads of the West Gun Show at Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • With Discount Gun Mart, co-hosted first annual Train a Teacher Day
  • Assisted in the election of multiple pro-Second Amendment candidates
  • Hosted a successful Christmas Party with over 100 attendees

2017:

  • With PWG, co-hosted and organized the 2017 California Gun Laws Convention panel discussion for over 400 attendees
  • Sponsor at the 4th Annual Sheila Hamed Charity Handgun Course at Front Sight, Nevada along with The Shooters Hangout
  • Held Second Amendment Celebration Dinner with 465 guests at Hotel Del Coronado and raised over $100,000
  • Honored by having May 6, 2017, declared as "San Diego County Gun Owners Day" by San Diego City Council
  • Permanent guest on Gun Sports Radio
  • Passed the 850 members mark
  • Averaging over 100 combined attendees at three monthly meetings
  • Signed up nearly 100 members in the first two months of 2017
  • Added additional paid staff
  • Media appearances in and on NBC, ABC, CBS, KUSI, Union Tribune, Poway News Chieftain, KOGO (Carl DeMaio Show), OSideNews, East County Californian, East County Magazine, East County Style, Times of San Diego, La Mesa Patch, The American Dream, Pomerado News, Oceanside News, and more
  • Have over 4,500 “likes” on our Facebook page, over 1,300 subscribers on our YouTube channel, and over 3,900 people on our email list
  • Dozens of activists attended a seminar on How to Be a Second Amendment Activist to kick off Orange County Gun Owners
  • Held a successful summertime membership drive recruiting over 115 members
  • Board Member and Santee City Councilmember Rob McNelis published a scathing op-ed about Gore's refusal to follow the law
  • Attended the first of several meetings with Sheriff Gore and his staff to work on changing his CCW policies
  • Launch of the Activist Update video series
  • Authored a 5-0 resolution for the Santee City Council to authorize Mayor Minto to send a letter to Sheriff Gore about his CCW policies
  • Letter from Congressman Duncan Hunter to Sheriff Gore in support of SDCGO's requested changes to CCW policy
  • Held a successful Christmas Party and gave away thousands of dollars worth of items!

2016:

  • Doubled our expectations of membership with over 500 paid members, including 10 Ring members.
  • Brought safe shooting experiences to over 400 first-time shooters
  • Stopped gun shop license fee increase in the city of San Diego
  • Defeated two gun regulations in Encinitas before they went to a vote
  • Held multiple events with over 400 attendees each, including Christmas parties, Second Amendment Celebration dinner on the USS Midway, members only BBQ, and a mini gun show
  • Assisted Gunther Guns in overturning their denial of permit to build a shooting range
  • Media appearances in and on NBC, ABC, CBS, KUSI, Union Tribune, KOGO (Carl DeMaio Show), KCBQ (Andrea Kaye Show), KFMB (Brett Winterble Show), San Diego Reader, San Diego Business Journal, The Coast News, OSideNews
  • Held “Vote No on Prop 63” press conference, backed by a coalition of over 70 business owners, elected officials, and community leaders, which was covered by every TV news station in San Diego County
  • Supported 18 endorsed local candidates in primary and general elections financially, with volunteers, and through the first ever pro-Second Amendment voter guides
  • Provided information about opposing candidates, new gun laws, and news coverage on YouTube channel totaling over 67,000 views
  • Attended 22nd Agricultural board meeting to keep the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Have over 2800 “likes” on our Facebook page, over 800 subscribers on our YouTube channel, and over 3000 people on our email list.
  • Recently increased to 3 meetings per month in North, Central/East, and South County
  • Raised over $200,000 for pro-Second Amendment causes and initiatives

What Do We Offer?

See what SDCGO is all about!

CALENDAR EVENTS

Check out our calendar events to see what we've got going on in the community!

2ND AMENDMENT UPDATES

This site is your easy access to 2nd Amendment updates throughout the county or country for that matter. If new laws are passed, we tell you what they mean for you!

RECREATIONAL SHOOTING EVENTS

Thanks to the SDCGO, over 400 individuals have gotten first-hand shooting lessons from experienced shooters in San Diego.

ANNUAL 2A BANQUETS

Each year, SDCGO holds a memorable 2nd Amendment dinner at a different landmark in San Diego, dedicated to the preservation of the 2A rights and our members.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

We hold monthly meetings all throughout San Diego County to discuss new 2nd Amendment news!

MEDIA UPDATES

Check out SDCGO's interviews with local officials, news stations, radio shows, and other media personalities throughout the county.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

SDCGO is deeply rooted within the community. We get involved and stay involved!

MEMBERSHIP EVENTS

Be sure to check out the benefits of becoming a member - we hold exciting events all throughout the year! Our events revolve around the seasons..picnics, shooting events, and Christmas parties.

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