If POTUS signs HR38/HR4477, he has opened the door to gun confiscation on an almost-unlimited scale. The "Fix NICS" half of that bastard conglomeration will allow a (D) President to require BATFE to "study", then implement virtually unlimited "Categories of Prohibited Persons". The HR 4477 part of this Bill is the beginning of the end of the 2A.
Gun owners will only be "safe" from this gun-grab time-bomb as long as a Gun Rights POTUS occupies the White House, and the sad reality is that era could be over in as little as 3 years, and no more than 7 years. Under this Bill, the 2A will be the responsibility of the BATFE to "protect".
Sorry, people, Concealed Carry Reprocity will: (1) Be sued by the ten or so gun-grabber states who WILL succeed in negating it's effect and (2) subtracting the gun-grabber States, HR 38 only gives a few more states where you can't already carry with a Utah permit or which are Constitutional Carry States.
HR 38 is a only minor improvement in gun rights, but the HR 4477 part pretty much guarantees the end of the 2A as we know it on the day the next Liberal POTUS is inaugurated.
The most curious thing to me is that when the gun-grabber States go to Federal Court (and eventually, the SCOTUS), their argument will be State's Rights, and that IS a powerful argument. No, the way that the NRA SHOULD have worked this issue is to sue each gun-grabbing State for violating 18 USC 242, Denial of Civil Rights Under Color of Authority, citing the totality of all the gun-rights-restricting laws in those States. I believe that a case could have and should have been made that SCOTUS has already acted sufficiently to declare the R2KBA an Individual Right, and the USDOJ should provide an enforcement mechanism for Heller and McDonald, the landmark R2KBA cases now in place as the Law of our Land.
The NRA has won only a Pyrrhic Victory with the passage HR-38/HR-4477, and I believe the org knows that. It is now incumbent on all of we gun owners to convince POTUS Trump to veto this miscarriage of our rights.
UPDATE: 12/9/17 0030 PST: For the three NRA "defenders" who have challenged, via comments, the danger I and GOA see in HR 4477, the "Fix NICS Act of 2017", your answer lies in the over-broad definition of "Fugitive From Justice" in 18 USC 922 (g)(2). Pursuing the legal definition of "fugitive...etc" through the excellent Cornell Law site, my search fails at the word "crime", which is not further defined, so the GOA is correct when it posits that a person may become "prohibited" as to NICS acceptance to buy a firearm by nothing more than failing to pay parking tickets, and then moving from that State where those CIVIL (not CRIMINAL) violations occurred. Most jurisdictions have a "bump-up rule" which says that after a fine-payment grace period expires, the violator may be bumped up to misdemeanor charges for some form of contempt of Court for failing to pay the fines. The problem with this HR 4477 is that it sucks in the entire, faulty 18 USC 922 (g) section re: definitions, and the definition in (2) needs to be clarified with regard to an actual CRIME having occurred, specifically a FELONY crime, punishable upon conviction of one specification of charge by imprisonment of one year or more in a PENITENTIARY (not County Jail, since that is the definition of a Misdemeanor).
I was an Officer of the Court of the Multnomah County Circuit Court for 25 years. In that capacity, I was expected to, and did, take training to insure that I was at least conversant with the principles of Law as I have mentioned above in this Update. I was, and am, more than "conversant", since on many occasions, I was required to present the State's case as stated in the proper Accusatory Document (traffic ticket) before the Court without the assistance of a State's Attorney, but in full compliance with the rules of the Court as to evidence, decorum, etc.
The NRA spends a lot of my $35/year dues money schmoozing politicians to do what that org thinks is "doable", and in this case, "doable" means letting the nose of the gun-grabbing camel under the flap of the tent of our Second Amendment. HR 4477 should NOT be supported as written and "grandfathering" the faulty and overbearing 18 USC 922 (g) rule. HR 38 is a good interim step towards National Constitutional Carry, but bad language in all the "Brady"-related Bills has to be corrected before any more of the 2A is jeopardized by the snakes in the grass which NRA is all too willing to excuse.