If you thought the gun control lobby would (finally) roll over and die after Donald Trump’s shocking victory on November 8, think again.
The New York Times reported last week that several big-money law firms have formed a coalition to oppose gun rights in states across the country. Together, they’re offering the gun control lobby tens of millions of dollars in free legal services and helping anti-gun organizations develop new strategies to revoke Second Amendment rights via lawsuits and regulations.
The anti-gun industry hasn’t been able secure the support of the American people, so they’ve been shifting their focus from Congress to state legislatures and ballot initiatives.
Now it seems they’re moving beyond multi-million-dollar ballot drives to “work around the edges of the law” and develop “new lines of attack” against gun manufacturers, sellers, and pro-gun legislation.
“We took a step back and thought about creative ways we could bring to light what the industry is doing,” said Robyn Thomas, the executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who helped organize the coalition.
The coalition of lawyers—innocuously named the Firearms Accountability Counsel Task Force—has their sights set on state laws that require businesses, schools, and airports to allow firearms to be carried onto their premises. These laws are designed to eliminate gun-free zones that attract would-be mass shooters and allow people to defend themselves when businesses aren’t willing to hire security.
But the lawyers aren’t convinced. They see these laws as a potential infringement on property rights and a threat to the safety of customers and employees.
Never mind the fact that a “no guns allowed” sign does nothing to keep actual criminals from bringing guns into businesses or the fact that states require businesses to meet all kinds of other safety regulations: guns are bad and scary, and responsible gun owners shouldn’t be allowed to carry them into a business.
The lawyers also plan to fight the pro-gun community over possible anti-trust violations. They claim gun companies banded together to “curb efforts by competitors” who wanted to develop “safety technology” like smart guns that only fire for the “registered owner.”
Never mind the fact that smart guns were a terrible idea from the beginning and no one in the gun community ever thought they were a good idea: President Obama supported the “smart gun” initiative, so gun monopolies must be to blame for their failure.
The worst part about the gun lobby’s new strategy is that the everyday American gun owner is more or less powerless to stop new litigation.
That’s why it’s crucial for gun owners to support legal organizations like the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation. These groups have the ability to fight high-powered lawyers in court, and they’ve seen success all across the country.
The gun rights battlefield is changing, and gun owners need to change with it.