What Happens if Anti-Gun Opponents Take the U.S. House?

Opinion: CHRIS W. COX, NRA-ILA Executive Director

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
What Happens if Anti-Gun Opponents Take the U.S. House?

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- There is no question that our liberties are at stake on November 6th, 2018.

The Democrat leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has become completely radicalized when it comes to the Second Amendment. Our constitutional freedoms are standing in the way of the extreme big government control that these anti-gun politicians want to impose.

Add that to the unbridled hatred that many on the left have for President Donald Trump, and it could not be clearer for NRA members and gun owners that we have to do everything we can to protect our pro-gun majority in Congress.

The threat is stark. Current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is an outspoken opponent of the Second Amendment. If Democrats take control of the House, Pelosi would return as Speaker. Her key lieutenants, Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and James Clyburn (D-S.C.), stand shoulder-to-shoulder with her in their support of gun control.


But, even this rabid devotion to restricting our rights isn’t enough for the party’s most extreme voters. In June, Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley from New York City proved not to be radical enough for Big Apple Democrats. Instead, they chose to replace him with self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It would not be surprising to see the House Democrat leadership move even further leftward if they can take control of the House.

This will affect the leadership of key committees as well, which are responsible for drafting legislation that moves through the House.

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, arguably the most important committee for gun legislation, would most likely be assumed by Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). [read:Jerrold Nadler a Nightmare for Second Amendment Supporters] Nadler has been an outspoken opponent of Second Amendment rights for decades. Many gun owners will remember the numerous attacks he made on law-abiding concealed carriers last year when he attempted to block passage of the NRA-supported concealed carry reciprocity bill. You can bet he will work in lock step with Nancy Pelosi to restrict our freedoms.

Another key committee for gun owners and hunters is Natural Resources. Currently, the Chairman is Rob Bishop (R-Utah.). Rep. Bishop is one the strongest supporters of the Second Amendment and our hunting heritage, and has sponsored key legislation to reform the broken and unconstitutional “sporting purpose” standard that has long been manipulated to restrict gun rights. If Republicans lose the majority, the Committee Chairman would likely become Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

In attacking a provision to reduce regulatory burdens on the acquisition of firearm suppressors last year, Grijalva claimed that “The hunters I know don’t use . . . silencers.” Rep. Grijalva is clearly out-of-touch with today’s hunters and his own constituents. Arizonans have enjoyed the right to use firearm suppressors for hunting since 2012.

And those are just a couple of examples. The House Appropriations Committee, which has long supported a series of pro-gun provisions on spending bills that help protect our rights, would without question by chaired by someone hostile to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Of course, if the pro-gun majority goes away, we won’t just see dramatic changes in the leadership of key committees. We will also see an end to any hope of advancing our Second Amendment rights.

And, of course, the floodgates will open to anti-gun legislation in virtually every form imaginable.

A Congress lead by anti-gun extremists means legislation like H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, will never see the light of day. This bill seeks to greatly improve self-defense protections by allowing law-abiding Americans who are eligible to carry a concealed handgun under the law of a state to do so in every other state that allows concealed carry. While it passed the House with bipartisan support last year, future efforts to pass National Right to Carry Reciprocity, NRA’s top legislative priority at the federal level, will disappear.

With an anti-gun House of Representatives, we can expect to see a torrent of anti-gun legislation passed and sent to the Senate.

We have already seen numerous attacks on our freedom with gun ban extremists in the minority. If they achieve majority status, they will only be emboldened to ratchet up their extremism.

Legislation to ban the most popular semi-automatic rifles will undoubtedly happen. Banning the future manufacture of such firearms will of course be proposed, but don’t be surprised to also see a ban on the possession of currently owned firearms. Anti-gun Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) famously said at the time that if she could have required gun owners to turn in the firearms affected by her 1994 ban, she would have. She’s not alone in that desire.

A ban on semi-automatic firearms will most assuredly be tied to a ban on so-called “large capacity” magazines. We’ve already seen H.R. 4052 introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), which would treat the same magazines most law-abiding citizens have in their pistols as contraband, subjecting their possessors to a possible 10-year stint in federal prison.

In addition, restrictions and regulations on firearm transfers have been proposed during this Congress. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) introduced a bill that would impose a three-day waiting period on the sale or “borrowing” of a handgun, including between private parties (H.R. 4018). The fact that waiting periods are no more than an arbitrary impediment to exercising the right to purchase a firearm is irrelevant to the champions of gun control.

One proposed bill would make firearm purchases by non-prohibited individuals subject to the discretion of the U.S. Attorney General (H.R. 4057), while others would deny the transfer of firearms to individuals based on incomplete evidence, such as arrests without final dispositions (S. 1923 and H.R. 3464). These bills show contempt not just for the Second Amendment but also for basic notions of fairness and due process.

Another pernicious legislative effort that could do irreparable harm to lawful gun owners, and especially future lawful gun owners, is H.R. 3984, which would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). The PLCAA was a reaction to a coordinated series of lawsuits designed to litigate the firearms industry into oblivion by holding law-abiding gun manufacturers and dealers responsible for the criminal acts of third parties.

Without the PLCAA, the very existence of the domestic firearms industry would be jeopardized, which is why we can expect gun banners to try to ram such a proposal through Congress should they seize control this November.

These anti-gun proposals are just the tip of the iceberg. Those legislators opposed to our freedoms are only limited by their imaginations when it comes to drawing up attacks on the Second Amendment. Don’t be surprised, should Congress fall under their control, by any proposal designed to attack our Second Amendment freedoms.

These are the reasons that gun owners must go above and beyond this year. Make sure you vote for pro-gun candidates; encourage friends and family members to do the same; volunteer for local campaigns that involve pro-gun candidates; and become an NRA-ILA Frontlines volunteer to help defend the Second Amendment. The only way we can win in November is by working together to keep Congress under pro-gun leadership.

NRA-ILA's Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox

About NRA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

About Chris Cox

Chris W. Cox has served as the executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of NRA, since 2002. As NRA’s principal political strategist, Cox oversees eight NRA-ILA divisions: Federal Affairs; State & Local Affairs; Public Affairs; Grassroots; Finance; Research & Information; Conservation, Wildlife & Natural Resources; and Office of Legislative Counsel. Cox also serves as chairman of NRA’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), the Association’s political action committee; president of the NRA Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF), which focuses on non-partisan voter registration and citizen education; and chairman of NRA Country, an effort to bring country music artists together with NRA members in support of our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage.

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Author: Ice Rafter
The one-hinged wackos patronizing and commenting on this site, salivating for the opportunity to murder their fellow citizens in open Civil War are EXACTLY why the USA needs improved firearms regulations — universal background checks, and a National Guard / State Militia membership requirement for possession of assault weapons.

I don’t agree with your solution but you do have a very valid point. Some of the ‘pry it from my dead hands’ people do send a irresponsible message out there. Although they aren’t completely off base.

Ice Rafter

The one-hinged wackos patronizing and commenting on this site, salivating for the opportunity to murder their fellow citizens in open Civil War are EXACTLY why the USA needs improved firearms regulations — universal background checks, and a National Guard / State Militia membership requirement for possession of assault weapons.


And the enormous number of LEFT-WING “wackos” on America’s streets and in its government are EXACTLY why the Second Amendment needs to be enforced in its most simplistic, sane, rational, reasonable, “says-what-it-means and means-what-it-says” manner. Which of those four words, “shall… not… be..,. infringed” is beyond your comprehension? Which of those words are outside your vocabulary? In case you had not noticed, there are far more (many, many times more) left-wing cuckoo-clocks who are a serious danger (physically, mentally, societally and politically) to American citizens than the few verbally-aggressive right-wing individuals – whose frustrations are imminently understandable – that you… Read more »

Doug Kuiphoff

The unbridled hatred of Trump isn’t exclusive to the left, many in the right – including repub party leaders – hate him as well. It is the one thing the two sides seem to agree on.


So why did the NRA , get the Senate controlled by the GOPe to pass the house bills. A pox on them all

Ronald Nuxon

Oh, I am for an outright ban too, like Sen. Feinstein. But let her first enact it against criminals, afterwards we’ll
talk about law abiding citizens.

Wild Bill

@Ronald N, I, too, am for an outright ban, like … Sen Feinstein!


Look at the bunch of mutts that will be leading committees if they win. That is enough to make anyone worry some. Even if it is one house think of the additional time they will waste doing nothing but stirring the anti gun pot. If you think politicians waste our time now just hide and wait to see what happens if they get control. Vote tomorrow without any excuses.

Barry Hirsh

While it’s true that nobody should vote for any Democrat, EVER, and it’s true that if they take control of the House the avalanche of mischief you allege will happen, will happen.

But they all will be non-starters. Check and Balances will see to that. First, they must pass the Senate. They won’t. Second, they must pass each house by a 2/3 majority to obviate a presidential veto. They won’t do that, either.

So though it certainly isn’t time to relax, in reality, the sky isn’t falling.


We need to get back into fellowship with God this country was founded on biblical principles..if we loose this country to the socialists and far left wing it will be because we took God out of everything..do you think God will bless this country when we are glorifying abortion..gay and lesbian and transgender relarionships? Legalizing drugs..marijana etc etc..put God first and maybe the creator of everything will once again bless this country..doughtfull ..but maybe?


Modern version… Give ME liberty, and/or give THEM death !


Vote. I hope mine and yous counts. Lots’a voter hacking going on. Bring back a paper trail. At least it can be held more accountable.


While I get that some of this is inflammatory fluff, looking at some of HB introduced by the minority already is pretty scary. It definitely seems like they are throwing whatever they can at the wall to see if anything sticks. The blues appear to be hedging their bets. Setting up the ability to use the next shooting that occurs for political advantage.

James McQuillan Jr

What Happens? WAR, our rivers turn red and our population reduces by half.


The liberal half !

In 2015, Homeland Security estimated (and informed Congress of their estimation) that in a new Civil War there would be about 80 million casualties… around 60 million liberals, and roughly 20 million conservatives. Sounds about right…

Wild Bill

@JoeUS, If the various government LEO and military forces would stand aside, I think the numbers would change because the libtards have neither the most basic logistics, nor the mind set to do their own work. The democrat national socialists depend upon taking control of the various levels of government then giving orders to decent, duty bound M&P personnel to do what is immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional.

John Dunlap

I don’t think most people realize just how serious the situation is yet. The authoritarian Left has be putting a plan B into place for over twenty years, ever since that Pentagon survey asking troops if they would obey orders to fire on Americans. The Clinton administration wasn’t happy with the results. It was shortly after this that a Chinese container ship loaded with 5,000 AKM’s was intercepted by U.S. Customs in Los Angeles harbor. The story was kept quiet and local, but Customs officials did share their belief that at least ten other vessels with similar cargoes went undetected.… Read more »

Pistol Pete

Give me liberty or death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jack B. Your right BUT we have no choice . It’s up to us to vote just to keep the ship afloat for the present.

Jack Burton

If the House loses its Republican majority they only have themselves to blame. What have they done for gun owners the past two years that give reason to be excited enough to keep them in office?

Wild Bill

B, the repubs have provided two S. Ct justices that will actually read and follow the Constitution; derailed Congressional action on banning firearms parts; created jobs so that people can participate in the shooting sports; and lowered federal income tax so that people have discretionary income to spend on firearms.


By now, you should know how to vote on Tuesday!

Vote, or shut up when these militant radical terrorist assume power in Congress.

Nothing more to be said on the subject….

Green Mtn. Boy

Anti Constitutionalism will regin once more casting a pall over Freedom and Liberty.