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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE's national emergency at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, after Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran Overnight Defense: Latest on Iran after Trump halts planed strike | Dems call Trump's approach 'erratic' | Key Republican urges Trump to retaliate | Esper reportedly getting Defense secretary nomination 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 PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise 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