A few days before the November election, Donald Trump announced the formation of a coalition of gun enthusiasts to advise him on Second Amendment issues. He hasn’t mentioned them since, USA Today reports. The coalition hasn’t convened, and it’s unclear when, or whether, that will happen. “I suspect there’s more things on the president’s plate of higher urgency,” said coalition co-chairman Michael Kassnar, an executive with IWI US, a subsidiary of an Israeli small arms manufacturer. The White House now calls the group a “campaign coalition.”
Co-chairman John Boch believes Donald Trump Jr., an avid outdoorsman, will serve as a conduit between the advisory group and the White House. He and National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Cox were tapped to lead the group. “As it was explained to me, this whole thing is about providing policy and legislative recommendations for the new administration through Donald Trump Jr.,” said Boch, of the nonprofit Guns Save Life Inc. Several co-chairs of the coalition said the Trump administration should pursue legislation to nationalize concealed carry permits, a top priority for gun advocates that Trump says he supports. Another priority is legislation to make it easier to buy firearms suppressors, or silencers.