BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a joint statement, the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms congratulated the nation's gun owners for making possible Tuesday's victory that will send Donald J. Trump to the White House in 2017. SAF and CCRKBA also offer their sincere congratulations to President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence for their historic and stunning victory, and especially for Mr. Trump's gracious call for unity among all Americans. "What happened Tuesday night was a reaffirmation that Americans can make the system work, and that this nation's gun owners are a cornerstone of that system," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "It cannot be ignored that this nation's tens of millions of honest firearms owners turned out to protect their constitutional rights. From the outset, Mr. Trump made it clear that the Second Amendment will be safe on his watch. "While America's hard-working gun owners can celebrate the victory they helped make possible," added Gottlieb, who also chairs the CCRKBA, "we must remain mindful that the gun prohibition lobby, which is largely funded by elitist billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, will almost certainly double down on their efforts to erode our Second Amendment rights at the state level, whenever and wherever they can. "Every gun owner owes a huge 'Thank You' to our good friends at the National Rifle Association for their efforts and expenditures to educate and guide voters," Gottlieb noted. The Second Amendment Foundation ( www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.