Democrats pressing for legislation to address gun violence are reassessing their strategy after a year in which they staged high-visibility demonstrations in the House and Senate to demand action.
With Republicans in control of both chambers and the White House next year, Democrats and advocates predict they will have to pivot and block measures that expand gun owners’ rights.
“First and foremost, we have to play defense,” said Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, noting that the National Rifle Association backed President-elect Donald Trump.
“The NRA is clearly going to make a big ask of Donald Trump early in 2017. We don’t know what it is yet,” Murphy told reporters Thursday. “We can guess that it might be a national concealed weapon law. But the NRA clearly is going to want something in return for their early support of Trump.”