I’m betting in the end Trump will do as he is told by Wayne LaPierre.
For the moment Trump is backing the “Fixed NICS Act” which strengthens background checks. It would reinforce the requirement that federal agencies report all infractions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, and creates a financial incentive for states to do so as well.
However, The NRA-backed bill, called the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” which passed the House in December and would allow anyone who can carry a concealed gun in one state to carry a concealed gun in another—essentially turning “the weakest state’s laws into nationwide laws,” is what is favored by House Speaker Paul Ryan. He wants to combine the 2 bills into one to improve the chance of passing.
So which one do you think is going to win? I betting the on the one that loosens gun laws, and stomps on State’s rights will prevail. Which is funny to me because Republican lawmakers are always touting state’s rights as sacrosanct.
The good news if that bill passed and moves up to the Senate it will never get the 60 votes it will need in order to pass.
Don’t get me wrong, I will gladly take even the small victory of the current Fix NICS bill over nothing.