President Trump’s Second Amendment Record

President Trump’s Second Amendment Record

While campaigning for his 2016 presidential bid, then-candidate Donald J. Trump courted America’s 100-million-plus gun owners with pro-gun rhetoric and promises to protect the Second Amendment. For example, when questioned about the hot-button topic of “universal background checks,” he said, “Very few criminals are stupid enough to try and pass a background check.” But as most savvy voters—certainly NRA members—know, what candidates say they’ll do and what they actually do while in office can be very different things. Voting records are what count, so to get a more accurate idea of what President Trump will do regarding gun policy during a prospective second term, let’s take a detailed look at his actions on gun issues during his first four years in office. Here we’ll examine Trump’s opposition to anti-gun legislation via his veto power as chief executive; the gun policies his administration maintained; and the judicial impact his administration has made in regard to our Second Amendment. President Trump’s Veto Threats Overwhelmingly, the president has kept his promise to protect Americans’ right to keep and bear arms; for example, in 2019, the Trump White House issued a statement threatening to veto two gun-control bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, if those bills somehow made it through the U.S. Senate. H.R. 8, the “Bipartisan Background Check Act,” would have imposed sweeping universal background checks on the American public, requiring nearly every private transfer of a firearm to be conducted through a federal firearms licensee even in cases of […]

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