Its no secret that gun owners bought everything they could afford recently, in shear panic at the thought of another 8 years of Democratic presidency. The numbers bear it out. Gun sales hit record highs in the months prior to the election. We have received a momentary reprieve but that is no reason to get complacent. In the months following Donald Trump’s inauguration, what should we expect as a community?
Trump’s stance on gun control leaves little to be desired by the firearms community. Enforcement of laws currently on the books, no new gun control laws, and the idea of nationwide concealed carry reciprocity gives the firearms community hope that the previous regime’s all out assault on the 2nd Amendment is over. We aren’t out of the woods yet though.
Is nationwide concealed carry reciprocity a good thing? Is it just the Federal Government over reaching again and legislating something that leads to what amounts to a defacto registry? At first glance it seems like a good thing but we in the community should be pushing for Constitutional carry. Meaning, if you are legally able to own a firearm, you should be able to carry it however and wherever you wish. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating open carry. In fact, I believe that the advantage of concealed carry far out weighs the political statement made by open carry. Out of sight means you maintain the element of surprise. What I am advocating, and believe we all should be, is the removal of limitations on our Constitutional rights. The 2nd Amendment was worded pretty explicitly by our founding fathers when it says, “Shall not be infringed”.
The industry will be safe, for at least the first two years of a Trump presidency. Backed by a Republican House and Senate, there becomes little worry for the industry being held responsible for the damages caused by the misuse or mishandling of their product. This type of legislation is the pedestal upon which Democrats place their hope for the death of the firearms industry. There is little doubt in my mind that Democrats will continue to push this type of legislation again at the earliest chance.
Will we see the Hearing Protection Act become a reality? I’d love to think so. I’d love to see short barreled rifles and shotguns, along with suppressors come off of NFA regulation. That doesn’t mean, no regulation.
The Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367, would remove suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act, replacing the federal transfer process with a National Instant Criminal Background Check. The bill would reduce the cost of purchasing a suppressor by removing the $200 transfer tax. –NRA ILA
I believe that these items were placed under NFA regulation out of fear and do nothing but keep the legal gun owner from owning these items by placing undo financial burden on the legal owner. The length or decibel level of a gun make it no more dangerous to the general public when owned by a law abiding citizen.
While it may not be a popular opinion I don’t necessarily want the average gun owner with very little or no training utilizing an automatic weapon. I believe this is akin to giving the average vehicle owner access to a 1000 horsepower car and just expecting the best. I think the current ban on the production of new automatic weapons is an example of government over reach though. While I currently feel no need to own an automatic weapon, I do believe access to them should not be cloaked behind a ban that merely makes them financially inaccessible.
Donald Trump’s presidency will either be the best thing that ever happened to the firearms community or the biggest example of a broken GOP we have ever seen. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I would encourage everyone reading this to join the National Rifle Association and other firearm protection organizations as they continue the fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. Lets not get complacent, doing so will be engineering the downfall of the 2nd Amendment in the future.