NSSF: How a Democratic House Will Affect Gun Rights

By Larry Keane published on in Legal

Democrats voted overwhelmingly for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to become Speaker of the House in the new Congress. She promises to make gun control a priority. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Larry Keane told the Washington Times what we can expect.

Illustration on Democrat threats to Second Amendment rights

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promised to make gun control a priority.

How will a Democrat-controlled House affect your Second Amendment-protected freedom?

Republicans do still hold the Senate by a slim margin and President Donald J. Trump could veto legislation, so gun-control bills passed by the House aren’t likely to become law. Instead, they are more likely to be passed to create political talking points for 2020.

“Expect hearings on taxpayer-funded gun violence research, magazine restrictions, ammunition bans, age-based gun bans, and attempts to outright ban entire classes of firearms,” says Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers.

“Virginia Democratic Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton defeated Rep. Barbara Comstock on a platform that included banning AR-15 modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines. She’s just one of several newly elected members of Congress who will be looking to make good on their campaign promises,” says Mr. Keane.

What new gun control measures do you foresee in your state or from the democrat controlled House? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (31)

  • bob sykes

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    The Democrat House will have no effect on gun rights unless the Republican Senate and Trump go along.

    What we will get is stalemate on many issues, a reduction in defense spending and an increase in domestic spending, all of which will be approved by the Republican Senate and Trump.

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  • brent

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    More hot air, hysterics, and fund raising for both sides. Then the senate throws it out and we repeat the process.

    Even if it were to pass the senate and pres, the supremes will kill it.

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  • Keith Dorset

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    We have a couple of special elections coming up soon in Virginia. One in the House of Delegates and one in the State Senate. Republicans have a one vote margin. With about 65 anti-gun bills lined up for introduction, a governor who has promised to sign all of them, a Lt. Gov. who tows every liberal party line and an outright tyrant as AG who is running for governor, I expect Virginia could very well be South New Jersey next year.

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  • USMC one

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    Why are we even giving Seattle tard the time of day this is the same moron who said he wants the government to come in to our homes and kill our families because we are “Right Wing Terrorists” because we like guns. So please just ignore this troll and give him no power. And just remember his name alone shows his intelligence. When has Socialism ever worked and not oppressed it’s people and put them in poverty. Hows Venezuela working out, let’s look at Europe, how about U.S.S.R. how did that work? Dang now I even gave him the time of day!!

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    • Seattle Socialist

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      Funny how all the countries people point to as failures of Socialism had to deal with the American Empire actively destabilizing them. And yet, Cuba has a better infant mortality rate, a healthcare system that works for everyone, and a healthier population over all than America. No one there lacks an equal chance at college or vocational training. The only reason I wouldn’t want to live there is because our government has trained them to hate Americans.

      Oh, and I have to be honest, and admit one area I have to admit Trump has Obama’s record beat. With his DoJ banning bump-stocks, I have to admit Trump has been more effective at disarming you gun nuts.

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    • Al

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      Yes Hide behind that mask ! You can’t fix stupid. Cuba !!!! Really. Healthcare that works . Really!! Get your facts straight you ignorant buffoon !

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    • Kirk B Mullins

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      Seattle Socialist if things are so great in Cuba, why are Cuban still trying to get out & come to the US? Why don’t you move there if it is so much better?

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    • Kirk B Mullins

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      One Marine to another; I highly disagree with Seattle Socialist, however I defend his right to speak what ever nonsense that he chooses to spew out. If you love our freedoms, like most of us do, then you should defend them also. That is what our oath to the constitution is all about.

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  • BajaRon

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    The entire US Constitution is anathema to the left. Their definition of ‘Gun Control’ is to control all guns at all costs. We will be looking at outright and universal confiscation if we continue down this path.

    The purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to give the average citizen the ability to enforce the rest of the US Constitution if government refuses to do so. If our forefathers had not been armed, (they had cannon and other heavy weapons which the British attempted to confiscate), we would still be a colony of England.

    With the goal of completely abolishing the US Constitution, it is imperative that the 2nd Amendment be removed so that they can then safely move on to the rest.

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  • BajaRon

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    Delusion is a terrible state of being. You need to work on weening yourself away from your addiction to the main stream media’s propaganda parade. Maybe get some actual facts to work with. Just for a change of pace.

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  • Sheepdog-PX

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    In my opinion all the libs do when they start their posturing about infringing on our 2A rights is shake the tree, and cause the squirrels and nuts to fall out. What I’m saying is they take the folks out there that are “on the edge”, and cause them to act on their deranged impulses. Just like more often than not we have “mass shootings” that occur very close together, because the media makes the purp instant famous, and we have to relive the tragedy everyday for two weeks at 7, 4, 5, and 10. Lets face the facts the end goal is to disarm the American populous nothing less will do for the left.

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  • Seattle Socialist

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    Putin’s Puppet will have little chance of staying in office until the Republican convention, and shrinking odds of being the nominee for 2020, Mike Pence will see to that. By 2024, Trump and his family will either have fled to his master in Moscow, or they will all be in prison. Hell, I would not be surprised to hear that Mueller is only waiting until a Democrat is speaker of the House before he releases a report that will leave the GOP with no choice but to impeach Pence and Trump, making Nancy Pelosi POTUS. You right wing traitors may whine about a “Deep State”, but all you are doing is complaining that the majority of Americans are not traitors who support Don the Con.

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  • OldGringo

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    Just remember, when you hear the words “universal” background checks, the radical left does not mean background checks, they mean background checks PLUS registration of BOTH the gun and gun owner for gun tracking. The simple goal is to be able to track every gun owner into a single database and track every gun that person owns, from the date of purchase, until that gun goes to another. Part of the problem is that once you are in the database you are there forever. If you have ever owned a particular gun and sell it or have it stolen, or whatever, you are forever linked to that gun, and must be able to prove where it went if it is later involved in a crime. So, just remember, Universal background checks is actually people and gun tracking. Duh? And, if you transfer that gun without a tracking trail and proof, then you could be prosecuted if you lose that proof of transfer. FWIW

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