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‘Our moment to go on offense’: NRA makes big plans for Trump presidency

With Republicans poised to control the White House and Congress, National Rifle Association assures chance to assault gun laws at the nation and federal levels

For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association has spurred our own member with apocalyptic warns that the Democratic chairman wanted to confiscate Americans guns.

Now, the NRA has won. The candidate the NRA backed with an unprecedented $30 m in ad buysis heading to the White House. Republican will control both houses of Congress. Donald Trump has pledged to nominate a supreme court justice who supports gun rights.

This is our historic moment to go on offense, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told members in a post-election video address.

Compared with European countries, most of Americas laws are already highly friendly to gun owneds, and many states have continued to roll back gun restrictions to make it easier to carry handguns in public including on university campuses.

Part of the problem for the NRA is that theyve been so successful already that theres not a lot for them to accomplish, said Adam Winkler, a University of California Los Angeles law professor and handgun politics expert.

LaPierre pledged to go after the tyrannical corrosion of firearm rights in the relatively small number of states with very strict gun control laws, such as New York and California. He assailed their deceitful web of firearm prohibitions, ammo prohibits, magazine forbiddings, exorbitant fees, and taxes and registration schemes.

The NRAs priority is a federal law that would attain gun-carrying permits issued in one state valid across the country, which would induce carrying a concealed firearm across the country as easy as driving your vehicle across nation lines.

This federal national reciprocity law, which Trump has already endorsed, would essentially gut existing local restrictions on carrying guns in public, and would mean that tourists from other countries could soon carry their handguns around New York City. Gun control advocates have called the potential reciprocity law dangerous. LaPierre called on Trump and Congress to pass this national reciprocity legislation as quickly as it can be written and signed.

Winkler said he believed that if reciprocity passed, the NRA is going to organize firearm owners to descend en masse in places like New York City.

I wouldnt be surprised to find a lot more very bold, aggressive, in-your-face political actions by firearm rights activists, he said.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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