NRA Pushes Agenda in Friendly Political Climate

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The National Rifle Association, which spent an unprecedented amount to help elect Donald Trump, is preparing to go on the offense in its friendliest political environment in at least a decade, the Wall Street Journal reports. With Republicans holding Congress and the White House in January, the gun-rights organization will push an agenda that was stymied during President Obama’s two terms. Besides trying to ensure that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is sympathetic to gun rights, the NRA backs a bill from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that would allow people carrying concealed weapons anywhere in the U.S. to abide by the laws of their home state. If a state allows individuals to carry guns without going through a permit process, they would be able to do so in all 50 states.

Cornyn’s bill will be vigorously opposed by Democrats. In the House, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) has a narrower take on the legislation, requiring all concealed carriers to obtain some kind of state permit that would be recognized everywhere. The bill has Democratic co-sponsors and is viewed as the likelier version to pass Congress. Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC, plans to fight national reciprocity “tooth and nail,” threatening a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. “It’s a race to the bottom,” said the group’s Peter Ambler. “It allows people that have permits from states with the weakest standards possible to carry [weapons] in the streets of any U.S. city.” Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and gun-control advocate, said he and other Democratic senators are talking about legislation strengthening background checks and banning people on the terrorist watchlist from buying guns, two issues he is hopeful Trump may back. “The best defense is a good offense,” he said.

 

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