The NRA Has a Very Scary Wishlist
After spending $30 million in ads to prop up Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the NRA is now planning to get a return on its investment.
“This is our historic moment to go on offense,” explained NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told members in a post-election video address, The Guardian reported Monday.
LaPierre also vowed that he would work to reverse the “tyrannical erosion of gun rights” and denounced states with tight gun control laws as having “deceitful web of gun bans, ammo bans, magazine bans, exorbitant fees, and taxes and registration schemes.”
The NRA is pushing for a federal law that would validate other states’ gun-carrying permits regardless of state lines. This means California — which requires gun owners to take a written test to obtain a firearm safety certificate — would be powerless to enforce laws against someone from Kansas, which allows people to carry a concealed weapon even if they don’t have a permit or training, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
“The NRA is going to organize gun owners to descend en masse in places like New York City,” predicated Adam Winkler, a University of California Los Angeles law professor and gun politics expert, in an interview with The Guardian. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more very bold, aggressive, in-your-face political actions by gun rights activists.”
Just before the election, the NRA released an ad describing a gunless “post-freedom America” without Donald Trump.
The Guardian also discussed how the NRA will push for an end to gun-free zones, quoting LaPierre as saying that “not one more American serviceman or woman should be murdered on a military base because the government denied their right to defend themselves with a firearm.”
While it is unclear whether Trump will go along with these more radical steps, the president-elect did promise during his campaign to undo President Obama’s executive actions on gun control. He could also eliminate gun-free zones in schools, loosen restrictions on weapons like gun silencers, and put the final nail in the coffin for universal background checks.
In the meantime, pro-gun activists are continuing to celebrate Trump’s victory.
“Smart politicians all across the country are realizing that if we don’t play ball with the Second Amendment we will find ourselves unemployed,” explained Aaron Dorr, executive director of Iowa Gun Owners, to The New York Times on Tuesday.
“We’ve been threatened. We’ve been bullied. We’ve been ridiculed for eight years,” said Alice Tripp, legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association (an affiliate of the NRA) also to “The New York Times” on Tuesday. “I expect the tone to change. If tone sets policy, then we’ve got it made.”