Gun rights advocate: 'Quite possible' Dem president would declare national emergency on gun violence

Gun rights advocate John Lott Jr. said in an interview that aired Monday on Hill.TV's "Rising" that a Democratic president would possibly declare a national emergency on gun violence in order to confiscate firearms.

"I'd see that [as] quite possible," Lott Jr., the author of "The War on Guns," told host Buck Sexton last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 

"You've seen California, New York, Chicago and other places in the United States that have already used registration lists that they've had to identify people that owned guns to force them to have to turn them in, and get rid of them," he continued. 

"It wouldn't be a stretch at all to see something like that happening nationally," he said. 

Congress is set to block President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE's national emergency at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, after Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Pelosi names first-ever House whistleblower ombudsman director The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (Ky.) announced he would vote against the declaration, which would provide funding for Trump's long-promised border wall. 

Many Republicans have argued that Trump's declaration could set a precedent for future Democratic presidents to declare national emergencies on issues such as gun violence. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDon't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Hillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei MORE (D-Calif.) warned Republicans last month that the next president could declare a national emergency on guns. 

"A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well," Pelosi said. "So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."

A number of Democrats in the 2020 primary field have pledged to take action on gun control if elected. 

— Julia Manchester