Gun-rights backers vow to 'go on offense' during Trump years
IOWA CITY - Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands.
Among their priorities: eliminating gun-free zones at schools, reducing requirements for background checks and ensuring that concealed carry handgun permits from one state are recognized everywhere in the U.S.
National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre is telling supporters that "this is our historic moment to go on offense." He's calling on Congress to immediately pass a nationwide concealed carry reciprocity law.
But in pursuing their agenda, the gun lobby and its GOP supporters could find themselves at odds with two other tenets of Republican orthodoxy: states' rights and local control.