“Publicly, the NRA of today now forcefully (if fancifully) decries expanded background checks as a backdoor to a national gun registry, and, from there, nationwide gun confiscation,” Florida gun owner Adam Weinstein writes at The Trace. “But its actions behind the scenes suggest that the group either regards constitutional carry as a bridge too far, or is willing to abide lawmakers who just aren’t ready to take the leap.”
Weinstein’s evidence of NRA foot-dragging on Constitutional Carry is scant, but the point remains: the nation’s oldest civil rights organization isn’t actively promoting permitless carry (or punishing otherwise gun rights-friendly pols who oppose it). Should it? Or is the NRA’s realpolitik policy of pushing national reciprocity the wisest and most realistic course of action to restore American gun rights?