US House Republican Leader Gives Election Insights to Firearm Industry

By Matt Manda

US House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
US House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy shares insights on the future of gun rights in America. IMG

U.S.A. -( U.S. House of Representatives Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) grew up in a hunting and shooting sports family. It was not uncommon to go on dove hunts before high school football practice. That was the California of years ago, not California today. The state carries the notorious reputation for some of America’s strictest gun control laws.

On a virtual town hall event with firearm and ammunition industry leaders, U.S. Rep. McCarthy shared a story of a recent trip to a big-box retailer. He wanted to purchase 12-gauge shotgun shells for a charity skeet shoot, and the checkout attendant asked him for multiple forms of identification, including his passport.

The highest-ranking Republican Congressman in the House of Representatives walked away from the sale out of frustration. He was stunned and dialed up someone who might give him a reason why this happened – California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The text back was simple as it was telling about Golden State gun rights. He was told in a text not to shop there.

“It fires me up even more!” Congressman McCarthy explained about continued infringements on the right to keep and bear arms. “It’s how they are trying to get around the Second Amendment. Any time someone tries to infringe on my rights, it only makes me more fired up. These laws, they’re being decided upon by people who have never shot a gun in their life.”

November Planning

The value of the local firearm industry isn’t lost on the California congressman. That includes local firearm retailers to the manufacturers. The industry employs more than 330,000, and when governments were ordering businesses closed during the COVID crisis, the firearm industry was listed “essential” by President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation allowed related businesses to remain open.

Subsequent congressional action like the Paycheck Protection Program helped many navigate the uncertainty. Now, Congress is facing a funding deadline, and NSSF’s Larry Keane, moderating the discussion, asked the Republican Leader what Congressional action the Democratic-controlled House might take before the Nov. 3 election to help small businesses.

“I don’t think anything before the election outside the CR (Continuing Resolution government funding bill),” Rep. McCarthy explained. “In the lame duck, everybody talks big about all sorts of things happening, but it’s all determined by how the election turns out.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to keep the government open for a time. It is expected the Senate will also approve and President Trump will sign it.

Keane provided Rep. McCarthy an opportunity to give industry members a glimpse of what could be in store in the next Congress should the House of Representatives flip and he is voted in as Speaker of the House. Those could include industry legislative priorities like the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) and the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 155).

“Well, you can actually see what we did before when I was Majority Leader. We moved the reciprocity bill,” McCarthy recalled. “So yeah you’d see us move that. On suppressors, I’m a big supporter of those…This is actually for the safety of people, those who are shooting, and those who are not.” 

Law and Order

Firearm sales surged this year, in no small part to law-abiding Americans taking responsibility for their safety after witnessing increased violence and rioting. Nearly 14 million firearms were purchased, including more than 5 million to first-time buyers. People are deciding to take their safety and the safety of their family into their own hands amidst increasing civil unrest and rising calls to “defund the police.” Republican Leader McCarthy is leading the effort to flip the antigun House back to a more Second Amendment-friendly and law enforcement-supportive Republican majority. That requires winning back just 17 congressional seats, and McCarthy has a game plan.

“You’ve seen at times the president’s hands have been tied because of jurisdictions, but he’s worked everywhere around that to get people greater security,” McCarthy explained. “We’ve created what is called the Commitment to America,’ and in here we specifically say, we don’t defund the police. We add $1.7 billion to the police. I think the more people see that, the more support the president is getting and the Republicans.”

Election Optimism

Congressman McCarthy is hopeful for what Election Day could mean for America and the prospects to the firearm industry. Election stakes only grew following the vacancy left on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republican House Leader McCarthy has high hopes for the Senate remaining in Second Amendment-friendly hands and President Donald Trump staying at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for another term.

“What is transpiring in America right now is unbelievable,” Congressman McCarthy said.

He highlighted the momentum of Senate races in Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Maine and Montana as examples and races to watch.

“Look, we’re playing to win like we always do,” Rep. McCarthy said. “And what a difference it will make to have a House that actually works with the president, that actually works with the Senate and works for the country.”

Election Day is critical to the firearm industry and all those who value their Second Amendment rights. Each branch is affected by the voting outcome. NSSF launched the #GUNVOTE initiative to ensure millions of gun-owning voters and Second Amendment supporters are informed and engaged when they head to the polls so they don’t risk their rights.

National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit

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So McCarthy is going to work to implement concealed carry reciprocity, suppressors for all, and who knows what else. I remember that the Republicans controlled both houses of congress and the presidency the first 2 years of Trump’s administration, yet failed to enact a single meaningful law in support of gun rights. I am voting for Trump again, of course, because the Democrats are pretty much done as a viable option. But that doesn’t mean that I have forgotten what the Republicans have done against their base. They promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, they even proposed and voted on… Read more »

uncommon sense

RINO Trump has done more gun control than Obama and still wants to do more.


Well as i am listed as a Democrat voter,and living in New Jersey of all hell holes i got my mail-in-ballot……twice! Thats right folks even though i dont consider myself a Democrat anymore and i am voting for Trump the Dems sent me two ,not just one but two Mail-in-ballots! Why would anyone get multiple mail-in’s?The Dems have set up this election to favor the left and Fraud is wide spread threw our country! and as the last comment just under mine i can read while typing this a person named Core said Democrat leaders are Terrorists and its 100%… Read more »


Big Mike you are spot on! I,m in NC, registered Rep. mailed in my application for mail in ballot almost 2 months ago and have received nothing. Vote is already rigged and most of us know it. The political spectrum is so screwed up the only way to fix it, is to wipe out. Not prison, but the firing squad. Jail stops no one that has power. Ask anyone that’s in or been in! We need to do what or founding fathers did and start again from scratch with consequences for those that do not work for the American people.… Read more »


Democrat leaders are terrorists!


If that bill passes will it increase the size, cost, reach and power of government???


Of course NOT its so more people can legally carry a firearm to protect them selves! Like in my Communist state of N.J. touts a Concealed carry law while they NEVER approve any permiots to carry to anyone bu t retired Law enforcement(in some cases) and retired Military in some cases.But too Civilians,they dont EVER get approved! ITS ALL A LIE that N.J. has a CC law!!! HANG MURPHY!!! he’s a TRAITOR!!!

uncle dudley

After the way the democrats have treated gun owners and the firearms industry, plus all the violence and rioting in the cities which are backed by the democrats how can anyone even think of voting for a democrat candidate, time to send a bunch of them home.


I think that you are correct


Do u honestly believe that Election Fraud is gone?Your going to see a lot of DEMONrats win this year,because they have fixed the elections for them selves as Wasserman-Schultz did for Hillary in 2016!!! Between Wasserman and that black lady that is on FOX as a contributor to the Network that was running the DNC at the time and both got out without a single charge after fixing the election’s primary for Hillary! The main reason the electoral decided as it did! after the Dems voted multiple times,as they were bused around to voting stations to vote over and over… Read more »

uncommon sense

Big government liberal republican.


U should run for office since ur perfect candidate is not running nor will ever be! What candidate can cause u to lose the most? Can u lose if Nazi harryho wins? YES! Everything even ur slingshot.