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Trump Pledges To Work With NRA On Gun Laws

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump pledged to collaborate with gun rights activists during a speak before the National Rifle Association. The NRA had invested heavily in the Trump campaign in 2016, with leadership promising members the new administration will loosen firearm laws nationwide.

On April 28, Trump spoke at the NRA annual convention in Atlanta. During his remarks, the president promised attendees his administration would prioritize the Second Amendment, CNN reports.

"The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end," Trump said in an unsubtle jab at former President Barack Obama.

"No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners," Trump continued. "No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans. Instead we will work with you by your side."

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The NRA had been among Trump's staunchest supporters during the 2016 presidential race. The organization had contributed roughly $30 million to the Trump campaign and vocally stood by the candidate even during his most controversial periods on the campaign trail.

In November 2016, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told members that their organization would collect on Trump's campaign promises. In a video released shortly after the election, LaPierre announced "Our time is now."

Constitutional law professor Adam Winkler of UCLA School of Law predicted that the NRA wanted the Trump administration to pass national reciprocity, which would enable concealed-carry permit holders to carry their firearms into all 50 states, regardless of local laws, according to NPR.

Winkler also predicted the organization would push for ending gun-free zones in schools and the military, loosening federal background check requirements and removing regulations on gun suppressors, NPR reports.

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The professor noted that the wish list was not long "because the NRA has been so successful over the last 40 years in American politics that it's already accomplished almost everything on the list of its agenda items."

Mike Holtzclaw, a gun enthusiast based in Atlanta, expressed skepticism that Trump would fulfill all of the NRA's key priorities.

"I think it's going to be a mixed bag," Holtzclaw said "I think that some gun owners are going to feel that he's done the best that he can ... But I think some will be disappointed."

NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker asserted that the organization was already satisfied with the tenor of the Trump administration towards gun rights.

"We are very pleased," Baker said. "[Trump] ran as one of the most unabashed pro-Second Amendment candidates in my lifetime, and he really has kept his promises and done a lot for people who care about the Second Amendment and the Constitution in his first 100 days."

Winkler believes the NRA will get what it wants from the Trump administration.

"There's no doubt that the election of Donald Trump was a major setback for the gun control movement," Winkler told The Associated Press. "Although President Obama was not able to get any new gun control legislation passed, under President Trump the NRA is going to be looking to loosen gun laws and is likely to succeed."

Sources: AP via The Detroit NewsCNN, NPR / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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