The new year is going to present both new opportunities and new challenges for gun owners. I hope we’re ready for both.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. A divided Congress is going to mean most legislation (not just Second Amendment-related bills) will stall out before it reaches President Donald Trump’s desk. The gun control fight will be shifting toward the states over the next two years, while anti-gun politicians in Congress provide encouragement and deep-pocketed gun-ban donors provide plenty of financial support. Anti-gun activists have seen success with misleading gun control referendums in recent years, particularly on the West Coast, so if you live in a state that makes it relatively easy to put ballot initiatives before voters, get ready. No matter where you live, you need to get acquainted with your state lawmakers, because they’re going to need to hear from you on any number of gun control bills.
Now the good news: Thanks in large part to the #gunvote, an expanded pro-Second Amendment majority in the U.S. Senate offers the opportunity to confirm more judges committed to recognizing and respecting our right to bear arms. The NRA is involved in litigation efforts in virtually every court of appeals across the country, and we now have a good chance of seeing the U.S. Supreme Court accept a challenge to some of the more draconian gun control laws out there.
We’ve got some big political battles headed our way, but I know that as NRA members, we can and will stand and fight for our rights, our liberty and our safety.