Donald Trump Assures NRA: Firearms Safe if Elected

Amidst legal developments, Trump highlights stark political contrasts.

by Nouman Rasool
Donald Trump Assures NRA: Firearms Safe if Elected
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Standing before a cheering crowd of National Rifle Association (NRA) members in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump said the rights of gun owners would be safe under his leadership. In this unequivocal promise, he said, "Not one person will touch your Second Amendment," were he to be elected in November.

Trump at the NRA's Presidential Forum underscored his promise to repeal gun control measures passed under the tenure of President Biden. Trump vowed to reverse the actions of Biden against the gun owners and manufacturers the first time he gets the chance while, at the same time, noting that the rollbacks might take place as soon as he returns to the White House.

Some of the main targets for his intended rollbacks will be the 'Zero-Tolerance' policy by the Biden administration, which withdraws licenses from gun dealers it sees violating the laws on firearms. Trump would also wish to unravel regulations around pistol braces, attachments that have controversially been used in a number of gun massacres.

Biden vs. Trump Contrast

The former president also took the opportunity to remark on Special Counsel Robert Hur’s findings concerning President Biden’s handling of classified documents. The former president, throughout the interview, also took the opportunity to rant about Special Counsel Robert Hur and what the latter had found in relation to President Biden’s handling of classified documents.

He criticized the investigation as biased, questioned Biden's level of knowledge on the issue, then contended that he was more forthcoming with federal investigations than Biden—a contention refuted by Hur's report.

Trump had been speaking against the backdrop of the newest findings that no criminal charges were warranted against Joe Biden, partly because of perceptions of the former vice president as a forgetful, aged individual. It was a narrative that stood in sharp contrast to Trump's continuing legal battles and his strained yet enduring alliance with the NRA.

As far as President Trump is concerned, his administration, during his tenure, relaxed access to arms for hunting and fishing on public lands, declared businesses on gun sales and other services as essential services during the time of the pandemic, and, by and large, has been appointing conservative judges when it comes to the Second Amendment.

But he hasn't been uniformly aligned with the NRA, including his openness to "Red Flag" laws and to banning bump stocks, the devices that have figured in so many mass shootings. John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement prior to Trump's remarks that he was alarmed by Trump's earlier comments about school shootings and what his re-election would entail for bipartisan gun safety progress.

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