Though Donald Trump’s presidential victory represents the greatest opportunity for policy changes that have widespread impact, there were many unexpected wins at the state and local levels. The National Rifle Association won in nearly every race where it invested money.
“In Donald Trump we have a candidate, I would argue, that’s the most forceful Republican nominee for president in the last 100 years when it comes to not only gun ownership but the lawful use of guns for self-defense,” Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm, told the Free Beacon in May. “He’s been unapologetic. He’s pointed out a very different path forward on guns than Hillary Clinton.”
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