There are a few big-time national Second Amendment organizations out there doing the heavy lifting when it comes to safeguarding our rights. The National Rifle Association is one that’s always in the limelight as the perennial boogeyman to members of the anti-civil liberties camp. Other groups such as the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Gun Owners of America, have been doing a lot for our rights, while flying somewhat below the radar. No organization is perfect, and what’s becoming more and more apparent is that when many imperfect groups work together towards a common goal, great work can get done. Cross pollination does occur and bedfellows that form aren’t all that odd. The Second Amendment Foundation announced recently that they’ve partnered up with a former NRA Executive Director and lobbyist, Chris Cox.
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation announced today it is enlisting the aid of highly-respected Second Amendment veteran strategist Chris Cox and his public policy/public affairs consulting group, Capitol 6 Advisors, as we forge ahead in our effort to win firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time.
Cox spent 25 years at the National Rifle Association, including 18 as Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, where he served as the NRA’s chief political, legislative and legal strategist. Away from politics, he founded an effort to enlist leading cultural brands and talents in the country music industry to promote a wholesome American lifestyle that includes a legacy of responsible gun ownership. He has been a frequent analyst on national news programs and was a primetime speaker during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Cox has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Daily Caller and other nationwide notable publications. He got his start in Washington in the 1990s as a senior legislative aide to a veteran Member of Congress, managing issues relating to the judicial system and criminal justice reform.
Cox’s experience and connections within the Second Amendment realm makes him an asset to any group he may lend his expertise to. Cox’s long career with the NRA shows his dedication to the Second Amendment and liberty related causes. His departure from the organization in 2019 led to him launching his own consulting group, Capitol 6 Advisors.
Cox is joined by Cap6 Vice President David Lehman, an expert in strategic communications, data research and crisis management, as well as a proven ability in designing, developing and executing successful corporate, political and grassroots campaigns; Vice President Phil Hoon, formerly Senior Director of Corporate Relations at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the largest bipartisan Caucus on Capitol Hill; and Cap6 Coalitions Director Scott Christman, a government relations and public policy professional with more than two decades in federal and state government relations, grassroots advocacy, public affairs/crisis communications and non-profit association management.
“We’re bringing Cap6 aboard in an advisory capacity on a number of different projects,” said SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut. “SAF has been the nation’s leading force in the Second Amendment litigation world. As we look towards the future, I am humbled and excited to have another major influence in the Second Amendment sphere, along with his talented team, available as a resource to help me implement my ideas and shape SAF’s trajectory for the next 50 years.”
“We are excited to work with Adam Kraut and the team at SAF,” said Cap6 President Chris Cox. “The Second Amendment faces unprecedented attacks and America’s law-abiding gun owners deserve real and transparent leadership. I’m proud to deploy my decades of experience advancing the cause of freedom alongside a team I respect and trust. SAF’s best days are ahead of it and law-abiding gun owners everywhere depend on it.”
This is an exciting time for the Second Amendment Foundation, the Second Amendment community, and I’m sure for Cox and his firm. Seeing these kinds of pairings happen gives promise that we’re still stalwartly safeguarding our Second Amendment rights and will be doing so in much stronger and more meaningful ways going forward. Hat tip to SAF, Alan Gottlieb, Cox, Kraut, et.al., for continuing to step up to the plate and swing in the name of civil liberties.