Following President-elect Donald Trump's victory Nov. 8, the NRA has announced its intention to use a GOP-controlled federal government to dramatically change gun laws across the United States.
On Nov. 14, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre announced that the Trump administration would be a new era for the organization, The Hill reports.
“[Former Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary Clinton made her hatred for the Second Amendment a central issue of this campaign,” LaPierre said. “And as a result of that fatal mistake, she’s on permanent political vacation.”
The NRA had staunchly supported Trump, endorsing the business mogul in May and investing $6.5 million in ad spending on his behalf in October, according to The Washington Times.
The NRA’s ads touting Trump flooded airwaves in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia. Trump would go on to win all except for Virginia Nov. 8.
With their preferred candidate heading to the White House and the GOP controlling Congress, the NRA is now aggressively pushing for laws that could dramatically impact gun ownership across the nation.
“I call on Congress and the president-elect to pass national right-to-carry reciprocity as quickly as it can be written and signed,” LaPierre said.
National reciprocity would make concealed-carry-permits valid in all 50 states. If enacted, the law would allow for a concealed-carry holder who received their permit in one state to lawfully conceal carry their firearm in a state with stricter gun laws, NPR reports.
The NRA would likely push for a national reciprocity legislation that also allows for a gun owner to obtain a concealed-carry permit outside of their own state. This would completely invalidate state laws that do not allow for concealed carry in public.
“If you believe in any local autonomy, as Republicans claim to, then the broad version of reciprocity undermines that significantly,” said constitutional law professor Adam Winkler of UCLA School of Law. “Because a state or city like Los Angeles would no longer be able to control who carries a gun in public.”
During his presidential campaign, Trump had also vowed to end gun-free zones at military bases. Winkler said that a president would be able to achieve this through an executive order.
“I believe that [Trump] will,” Winkler added.
The constitutional law professor added that a Trump administration would likely work to deregulate firearm suppressors and would take a look at streamlining the background checks system, an issue that even gun-rights groups support.
Winkler warned that lawmakers supported by the NRA would have no intention of tightening background checks, predicting that access to guns will only become easier for dangerous people.
“Unfortunately, I feel the efforts to ‘fix’ the background check system will be, really, efforts to gut the background check system,” Winkler said. “To make it less effective, less streamlined, and make it harder for prosecutors to find gun criminals. That’s been the NRA’s practice with regard to background checks in the past.”