2017 firearms legislative wins, losses in review
By Chris Eger
The first year of the Trump administration saw some forward movement at the federal level on gun rights issues while state legislatures were a mixed result.
Moving to fill the seat left open on the Supreme Court with the sudden loss of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Trump nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the high court just two weeks after taking office. Grilled on his stance on gun rights in committee hearings by Democrats who vowed to block his confirmation, in the end, 54 Senators gave the jurist a thumb’s up, including all the chamber’s present Republicans and three Democrats from states where Trump won in last November’s general election — Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Other appointments key to gun issues included Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, a Montana Republican who signed orders on his first day of office halting a planned ban on lead ammunition and moving to expand access to public lands. Zinke later moved aggressively to swell the flagging ranks of hunters.
Catapulted into the national spotlight because of their use in the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas in October, bump stock devices quickly