The Second Amendment doesn’t grant Americans anything!

The Second Amendment doesn’t grant Americans anything!

I recently was watching one of the firearms-related outdoors programs on television where one of my favorite nationally-known firearms instructors was being interviewed.

I became somewhat “shocked!” when that individual stated that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants us the right to possess and carry firearms. I thought I might have mis-heard what he said so I hit the replay button on my remote to see it again. He did say it! And, he was WRONG!! (I hope he was just being inarticulate in discussing the issue with the interviewer.) However, this got me thinking that many people—especially the more liberal-minded among us—might also have such a misconception about the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

The right to keep and bear arms was something the framers (i.e. the authors) of the U.S. Constitution assumed everyone already had—along with other rights like the freedom of speech, religion, etc. Since these rights already existed, they were not something that the government could give us; we already had those rights, much like the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

What the Second Amendment (and the other amendments that make up the Bill of Rights) does is restrict the government from trying to take the rights away from U.S. citizens!!! The founders of our country had seen what happens when governments try to deny “God-given/inalienable rights” to their citizens and they wanted to ensure in perpetuity—that means “forever”—that the government could not take those rights away from its citizens.

So, the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, does not say what citizens can or cannot do. Instead it outlines how our government is to be structured and operated and places restrictions on what that government can do.

Gary Evens is an NRA-Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer.

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Do you need another reason to carry?


Do you need another reason to carry?  While politicians like Bloomberg, Pelosi, Feinstein, and others are trying to take our guns, top U.S. officials and lawmakers warn of growing jihad-inspired attacks, saying ‘Terrorism has gone viral!’  With that said, the need to carry intensifies as we seek to protect ourselves and our families as these threats increase.  Whoever thought a tragedy like 911 would ever happen, especially here on U.S. soil?  Now we have groups like ISIS or copy-cat like groups that may be a threat.  Here at Hidden Hybrid Holsters, we feel the need to protect ourselves is ever increasing.  Whether it be from the common street thug, rapist, or terror group, I would rather carry my gun and not need it than truly need my gun and not have it on me!

This published on May 10, 2015 by Fox News:

Top U.S. officials and lawmakers on Sunday intensified concerns about the growing threat of jihad-inspired terror attacks against the United States, after last week’s attempt in Texas and the dire FBI warning that followed.

“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re seeing these directives on almost a daily basis. It’s very concerning. Terrorism has gone viral.”

McCaul’s comments follow the May 3 attack by two gunmen outside a “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas.

Tweets by one of the two gunmen, killed by police in the attack, appear to link him to radical Islamic terror groups. And Internet chatter purportedly tipped off officials about a possible attack on the event.

On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey said the attack, in which a security officer was shot in the leg, highlights the difficulties the FBI faces — as social media facilitates communication between terror groups and potential homegrown extremists.

He also said the Islamic State terror group has thousands of English-language followers on Twitter, including many in the U.S.

The group also is increasingly steering followers into forums that allow for encrypted communications that can be harder for law enforcement officials to access.

In addition, the Islamic State has been encouraging followers to travel to Syria to join the self-created caliphate there, but if they can’t do that, to “kill where you are,” Comey said.

“The siren song sits in the pockets, on the mobile phones, of the people who are followers on Twitter,” Comey said. “It’s almost as if there’s a devil sitting on the shoulder, saying ‘Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill,’ all day long.”

McCaul said Comey was “exactly right” and that trying to find ISIS’ calling for terror attacks across the broad spectrum of social media is “like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”

He also said the terror threat now is “one of the highest that I’ve ever seen” and warned of similar incidents in the future.

“It’s going to get worse, not better,” he said. “This is very difficult to stop.”

Also on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the U.S. is facing a new phase of terrorism in which a so-called lone-wolf terrorist, inspired by Islamic State propaganda on social media, could “strike at any moment.”

The Obama administration has said the attack in suburban Dallas last week was a “lone wolf” effort.

“We’re very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others,” Johnson said on  ABC’s “This Week.”

On Friday, the Pentagon increased security measures for military bases across the country based on what officials said are increasing but non-specific threats from Islamic State extremists and supporters.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday also agreed with Comey.

“I think [the Islamic State’s message] is ‘kill, kill, kill,’ ” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s a force that we really haven’t seen before, and we have to begin to cope more seriously with it, and that includes social media.”

She also suggested a changing terror environment in which Islamic extremist groups encourage a lone wolf to commit an attack, then “take credit for it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Your Revolver Can Fire What?


By Brad Fitzpatrick (NSSF)

Your Revolver Can Fire What?  One piece of information new handgun shooters often hear about is that they can fire .38 Special ammunition through their .357 Magnum revolver. This can be confusing, given the emphasis placed in firearms safety training on never using a cartridge in a gun that doesn’t specifically say it can use that cartridge. In fact, it seems more than a little dangerous to fire a projectile that, at first glance, appears to be bigger in caliber than the cartridge the gun for which it’s labeled.

The key to cutting through the confusion is in understanding that cartridge names and caliber designation aren’t always as clear cut as they may seem. The case of .38 Special and the similar .357 Magnum revolver cartridges are an excellent example.

If you’ve learned just a little about cartridge names and calibers since your introduction to firearms, you might think that the bullet of a .38 Special cartridge is .38-inch wide in diameter. But it’s not. Cartridge nomenclature does not require a bullet’s diameter to match its name. The .38 Special bullet is, in fact, the same diameter as a .357 Magnum bullet: .357-inch. The same is true with two other revolver cartridges, the .44 Special and .44 Magnum, which both fire bullets with diameters measuring .429-inch.

What does this mean for you if you own a revolver that has a barrel marked for either .357 Magnum or .44 Magnum? It means you can safely fire the two shorter and lower-powered cartridges, the .38 Special and .44 Special, respectively, in these revolvers. That’s good news, because you have a more flexible-use firearm with one that can safely chamber and shoot two different cartridges.

Flexibility is a great thing, but before you explore these multiple options with revolvers like the .357 and .44 Magnums, it is vitally important to remember one thing: Under no circumstances can you chamber the larger rounds—the .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum rounds—in guns marked specifically for those magnums’ shorter counterparts. In other words, if your revolver is marked “.38 Special” or “.44 Special on the barrel, you may not, should not, cannotload the larger .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum rounds, respectively, in those revolvers.

This is why instructors are so careful to emphasize you should never substitute one cartridge for another when they’re teaching new shooters the basics of firearms safety and handling. Too much information too soon can be confusing and, ultimately, produce a dangerous situation. I’m talking about this to you here because, having completed First Shots and continuing your quest to learn more about firearms and shooting, this is a subject you’re going to come across when you start visiting gun stores and talking with more experienced shooters on the range.

Why Would I Want to Shoot .38s in My .357?

As I’ve just explained, the .357 Magnum is very similar to the .38 Special, with both having bullets of the same diameter. But the .357 Magnum is .1-inch longer than the .38 Special. That may not seem like much, but the .357 Magnum represents a sizeable boost in pressures and energy. Plain and simple, .38 Special revolvers are not designed to handle that kind of power. Therefore, again, you can fire .38 Special loads in your .357 Magnum revolver, but not vice-versa. But why would you want to shoot .38s in a .357? Primarily, shooters choose to practice with .38 Special ammo in their .357 Magnum revolvers because .38s are lighter recoiling and less expensive.

What’s .38 Special “+P”?

.38 Special +P ammunition adds another layer of complexity to the issue. Ammunition designated as .38 +P loads have increased pressures—that’s what the +P stands for—over standard .38 Special loads. These +P rounds may not, should not, cannot be fired in standard .38 Special revolvers for risk of damage or injury to the gun and the shooter. These +P loads can also be fired in .357 Magnum revolvers, and, of course, they can be fired in revolvers stamped “.38 Special +P”. However, .357 Magnum loads may not, should not, cannot be fired in .38 +P handguns. Slightly confused? See the chart below, which includes a list of other cartridges that have occasional substitutes.

One thing to note: Firing cartridges that are shorter than “maximum chamber length” (such as the .38 Special in a .357 Magnum-marked revolver, the .38 Special, again, being .1-inch shorter than the .357 Magnum) creates a spray of lead, copper and other fouling on the inside of the cylinder’s chamber. This can cause a buildup inside the chambers of the cylinder just in front of where the shorter catridges were fired. If that happens and you attempt to load and fire full-length cartridges in that gun, you may notice that the spent cases stick, the mouth of the brass case stuck on that buildup. To prevent this from happening, thoroughly clean the chambers in the cylinder each time after shooting the shorter ammunition.

What Type of Ammunition Can I Fire In My Revolver?

Here’s a list of some possible combinations for shooters

If Your Revolver Is Marked … It Will Safely Fire These Cartridges …
.22 Short .22 Short
.22 Long Rifle (.22 LR) .22 Long Rifle, .22 Short
.32 S&W Long .32 S&W Long
.32 H&R Magnum .32 H&R Magnum, .32 S&W Long
.327 Federal Magnum .327 Federal Magnum, .32 H&R Magnum, .32 S&W Long
.38 Special .38 Special
.38 Special +P .38 Special +P, .38 Special
.357 Magnum .357 Magnum, .38 Special +P, .38 Special
.44 Special .44 Special
.44 Magnum .44 Magnum, .44 Special

Overcoming the Fear Factor

Fear Factor

By Tisma Juett, NSSF Manager, First Shots

Overcoming the Fear Factor.  We all have a fear factor, that one thing that makes us stop dead in our tracks or at least makes us think twice before we do something.

Certainly, fear is what keeps some people from learning how to shoot. The media and television have convinced them that all firearms are bad and no one should touch them. Of course, we who are familiar with firearms know those things aren’t true, but how do we convince others who haven’t experienced what we have?

Well, we start by taking the fear out of it. We educate our non-shooting friends. We arm ourselves (no pun intended) with the facts about the safe use and ownership of firearms, which can be found on the NSSF website. We smile when we talk about how much we enjoy the shooting sports, and we invite those non-shooting friends to go shooting with us.

Before going to the range we talk about the rules of firearms safety, and we explain the parts of the firearm and have a dry-fire session, always emphasizing a safe environment with an unloaded firearm and having no ammunition in the area. At the range we introduce our non-shooting friends to shooting with a .22-caliber firearm. Because of the low recoil and report of such guns, the new shooter will be gently introduced to the sport, just as most of us were. Finally, as the new shooter starts to feel comfortable–maybe not that first session, maybe the next—we introduce them to larger calibers, a .380 or a 9mm, then the .40 or .45.

There are other fears, when it comes to firearms. For those of us who have participated in First Shots, maybe purchased our first guns and practice at the range, you may be fearful of taking the next step—competition.

Fear not. There’s a way to get over this fear too, but it’s a secret. Ready?

Get out there and do it!

What I hear most from people who want to shoot competitively but haven’t found the courage to give it a try is that they are afraid of making a mistake in front of people who have been shooting a long time. Don’t be. Every single one of those winning competitors had to start somewhere. Besides that, though, most shooters are the friendliest and most generous people I have ever met, always willing to share information, techniques and time.

Don’t just take my word for it. Many clubs regularly invite people to come and watch matches as spectators to see what it is all about. So go! Show up, ask questions and meet new people. Tell the match director you’re new and you want to learn—they will help you.

One more note. As a new competitor, you should not strive to compete with the person who has been shooting competitions forever. Your only competition is you. Your goal is to be safe, accurate with your shots and conscious of your muzzle at all times. Accuracy and speed (in competitions that are timed) will increase the more you participate—but even then your main competition should be your personal bests.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there, be safe, have fun and remember: firearms safety depends on you!

Concealed carry – The force behind firearms sales in this country.



Concealed carry – The force behind firearms sales in this country.

Interest in concealed carry permits continues to be the number one driving force behind firearms sales in this country.  That fact was driven home at a recent joint press conference conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and industry-leading researcher Southwick Associates. There, speakers noted how concealed carry permits in the United States had grown by as much as 70 percent in the relatively short time frame between 2010, when there were an estimated 6.9 million CCW permit holders, and 2014, with an estimated 11.7 million permit holders—numbers that continue to climb.

Amidst the growth, there has also been a shift of public opinion with more households saying a gun in the home is apt to make it safer, not less so. More guns in citizens’ hands have not lead to more crime, either. Department of Justice statistics prove that citing how homicides with firearms have dropped 39 percent between 1993 and 2011 and other crimes committed with firearms have dropped a whopping 69 percent in that same time frame.

Still, being a victim of random crime, while statistically in most individual’s favor, does occur everyday as witnessed on the news. Terror attacks such as the one that recently rocked Paris and threats of more violence in Europe and the United States by groups such as ISIS are now a real concern. Even anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein was quoted by CNN as saying, “I think there are sleeper cells not only in France but certainly in other countries and, yes, in our own. This calls for vigilance … ”

The vigilance she called for centered on obtaining intelligence and remaining watchful. But CCW holders take this vigilance to the next step as an effort to protect themselves.

While most self-defense experts will tell you the first and often wisest course of action in any violent encounter is to retreat from the situation, sometimes that’s simply not an option. Being armed and trained to use a gun can be the best insurance policy anyone can own. It may give you a fighting chance where none before existed. Such is the power and utility of firearms.

We thank the National Shooting Sports Foundation for allowing us to share this information with you, our fellow shooters!  You can learn more about the NSSF at

With the above article in mind, the guys here at Hidden Hybrid Holsters continue to strive to build you the best custom made holsters available on the market.  As the number of firearm sales increase, the number of holsters needed increases also.  There are many holster designs using different materials on the market today.  If you are looking for a high quality holster that will most likely be the last holster you buy, then look no further than Hidden Hybrid Holsters for your needs.

Proper Trigger Pull & Dry Fire Practice

Proper trigger pull & dry fire practice should be a part of your normal training. Taking the time now to learn the proper finger placement on the trigger is essential to firearm accuracy. If you are not paying attention to your finger placement during training, you are just reinforcing bad habits.  Those bad habits will be transferred to your target, “maybe” hitting the outside ring, or missing your target all together.  Once you are aware and focus on proper trigger pull, incorporate dry fire practice into your weekly training.

If dry fire practice isn’t already a part of your personal training, it should be! First of all, make certain your firearm is unloaded and the ammunition is placed in another room.  As always, even with an unloaded firearm, it is imperative you follow the four rules of safe gun handling.  Second, it’s cheap!  You never actually fire a round!  You can do it in your garage, your workshop, or even in the “man cave!”  You can go through thousands of repetitions of dry fire practice without ever leaving the comforts of your home.  Then, when you can get to the range for your “live fire” practice, you will see your efforts pay off by hitting your target and/or tightening your groups.  Proper trigger pull and dry fire practice will make you a better and safer shooter!  Incorporate it NOW and reap the rewards!!

We thank the National Shooting Sports Foundation for allowing us to share this information with you, our fellow shooters!  You can learn more about the NSSF at

Project ChildSafe


Project ChildSafe

It’s all about safety folks!  Owning and using firearms responsibly, is obviously fun for us all!  We love to see those bowling pins fall over, the cans knocked off the stand, those small groups we punch into paper downrange, and the game we hunt served up on the dinner table!  But the bottom line is being safe while we do it.  Anytime we are handling a firearm, it is imperative we remain focused where that muzzle is pointed.  ONE mistake can change your life or the life of a loved one forever!  Project ChildSafe is a step in the right direction in educating our kids about firearm safety.  Kids are curious, so we have a responsibility to have a conversation with them about gun safety.

Even if kids aren’t asking about gun safety, that doesn’t mean they don’t have questions. Project ChildSafe has teamed up with Julie Golob, a veteran, competitive shooting sports champion, hunter and mom, to discuss the importance of gun safety education. She’s joined by a group of kids whose thoughts about firearms will help inform parents about the best way to start a conversation. The result is an exclusive video — the first of its kind — to remind gun owners about the importance of having this conversation with their families. Join us in a discussion about what to say, how to say it and the key elements to think about when speaking to your family about firearm safety. Read the press release.

Take the time to share this with your family and friends, whether they are gun owners or not.  The importance here is education.  The more educated folks become about firearms, their use and the enjoyment of the shooting sports, people will learn just how safe owning and using a firearm can be!

I Like Guns!

I Like Guns!  If you’re reading this, chances are you like guns too!  Steve Lee, wrote this song and created this YouTube sensation that is incredible!!  With Steves permision, we are able to share this with our readers.

Stephen Gary “Steve” Lee is an Australian country musician and gun rights activist. In 2009 he released his first music video, I Like Guns, which has over 5 million views on his YouTube channel, which totals over 13 million views.  Living in Parkes, New South Wales he is also a Contract Shooter, Farmer, Pyrotechnic and Paintball operator.  Steve Lee grew up in Broken Hill exterminating pest Rabbits.  Lee is a firm pro-gun activist having supported and spoken with the Shooters and Fishers Party’s leader Robert Borsak and put forward many singles and statements regarding guns, gun laws, criminals and law-abiding gun owners. Since 2009 he has been invited to America by the National Rifle Association, had his song “I Like Guns” featured in a video game, appeared in HBO’s “Guns in America” and been interviewed nationally on A Current Affair. He has also released a DVD.  Lee was part of a 2014 episode of SBS television series Living with the Enemy on hunting. Steve spent a week living at the headquarters of Animal Liberation Victoria witnessing a duck hunting protest, then vegan Felicity Andersen spent a week at Steve’s home where she joined Lee and Robert Borsak on a feral pig hunt.

If you’re anything like us here at Hidden Hybrid Holsters, we like guns and we like to shoot……ALLOT!  Spring is in the air in this part of the country finally, with all of our snow melted away.  With the warming temperatures, the flowers are already pushing up through the mulch and much needed work awaits us outside. Donning my earbuds and clipping my iPod to my jacket, I set out to get some outside work accomplished.  With the aroma of Springs fresh air overtaking me, and Steve Lee’s tunes streaming into my ears, it wasn’t long before I decided to put off today’s outside work for another day and head to the range! Yes……the smell of gunpowder has put me into a trance and I find myself singing along with Steve as I punch several holes into my target downrange.  Yes, like Steve, I too like guns, the way they look and the way they feel!  Sorry, I have to cut this blog short, as I’m headed back out to the range!!  Happy shooting!

For more information on Steve Lee……


Why Carry A Gun


Why Carry a Gun?

My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps; and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’ And I’m at that point!

I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people; I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid; I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy; I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves, because police do not protect you from crime, they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an ass whooping’!

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Gun rights groups are gearing up for a major push to move concealed-carry legislation through the new Republican Congress.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other Second Amendment advocates are throwing their weight behind the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill introduced in both chambers of Congress that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

“The Second Amendment doesn’t end at the border of your state,” said Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “This would enhance the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves when they’re away from home.”

Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said the bill is needed to clarify a “patchwork of state and local laws” that is “confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders.” “The constitutional right to self-defense does not stop at a state’s borders. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise this fundamental right while traveling across state lines,” Cox said last week.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is the chief sponsor of the concealed-carry bill in the upper chamber, while Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) is spearheading the push in the House.

Supporters of the legislation believe they can secure enough Democratic votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster and get the legislation to President Obama’s desk.

While Obama is unlikely to sign the bill, given his support for stricter gun controls, getting the legislation through Congress would give Second Amendment advocates a significant victory.

Gun-control groups are planning to fight back hard, setting the stage for what promises to be a contentious battle over Second Amendment rights ahead of the 2016 elections.

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, called the concealed-carry legislation “evil and dangerous.”

Brian Malte, policy director at the Brady Campaign, said the bill creates a “race to the bottom” that “paralyzes” states with stronger gun laws.

Gun owners who qualify for concealed carry permits in Texas, for example, would be allowed to bring their firearms into states with tougher gun laws where they may otherwise be denied.

“Local law enforcement would be powerless to stop them,” Malte said.

Cornyn’s concealed-carry bill came just three votes shy of passing in 2013, when Democrats still controlled the Senate. Seven of the Democrats who voted for the bill remain in Congress, potentially giving Republicans a shot at a 60-vote majority.

The Republican House has passed the concealed-carry bill before, and by a comfortable margin.

Supporters of the legislation are casting the bill as common sense, arguing it would preserve states’ rights by requiring gun owners to follow the concealed-carry laws in the places they are visiting.

“This operates more or less like a driver’s license,” Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, told The Hill last week. “So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.”

Cornyn said the bill would “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments,’ where people inadvertently cross state lines” with guns and are arrested.

The fight over the bill could come down to a handful of rural-state Democrats who are generally supportive of gun rights.

Gun-rights groups are counting on the support of 53 Senate Republicans, with the lone dissenter being Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has voted against the legislation before. That leaves them seven votes short of a filibuster-proof majority.

Advocates plan to focus much of their lobbying on the Senate Democrats who have voted for the concealed carry bill in the past: Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Tom Udall (N.M.) and Mark Warner (Va.).

Manchin, who is mulling a run for governor in West Virginia, has already signed on as a co-sponsor of Cornyn’s bill.

Concealed-carry supporters are also hoping to recruit into the fold Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Tim Kaine (Va.), as well as independent Sen. Angus King (Maine), who caucuses with Democrats.

Erich Pratt, a spokesman for the Gun Owners of America, promised to give the potential Democratic swing votes “extra special attention” in the coming months.

“Freedom of speech and freedom of religion doesn’t stop when you leave the state and neither should the Second Amendment,” Pratt said.

Gun-control groups have a lobbying strategy of their own, and hope to flip Senate Republicans who voted in favor of a bill in 2013 that would have expanded gun background checks.

Those Republicans include Sens. Pat Toomey (Pa.) and John McCain (Ariz.), both of whom are up for reelection in 2016, as well as Sen. Susan Collins (Maine).