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How Has Trump Performed on the Second Amendment During His First Term?

By: Teresa Mull

The fall election is looming, and Americans have a choice to make between President Trump and Sloppy Joe Biden. The Heritage Foundation has taken this time to grade Trump on his performance as president so far, concerning the Second Amendment. Here’s what the organization concluded:

In his first term, President Trump largely lived up to his promise to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights. There have been a few missteps along the way, but on the whole, the Trump Administration has kept its word when it comes to our right to keep and bear arms.

The Heritage Foundation noted that during his most recent State of the Union address, Trump declared:

“So long as I am President, I will always protect your Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.”

GPM reported in January 2019 that Gun Owners of America (GOA) filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Michigan challenging the Trump Administration’s bump stock ban.

In mid-December, DOJ amended the regulations of the ATF clarifying that bump stocks should be considered “machineguns” because they allow “a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” the Department’s press release stated.

“In a move which is almost certainly illegal, BATF ‘gives’ bump stock owners 90 days to destroy their $300 piece of property -- or to bring it into a BATF office for relinquishment without any compensation whatsoever,” Michael Hammond, legislative director for GOA told Gunpowder Magazine.

Americas1stFreedom reported yesterday that as Democrats continue to make the Second Amendment a main target of the fall election, Trump is keeping it as a focal point, too:

President Donald Trump remarked that a Joe Biden presidency would mark an end for your Second Amendment rights. He said this at an event in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday.
“We’ll uphold your right to hunt, and we will protect your right to keep and bear arms—your Second Amendment,” said President Trump. “If Joe Biden gets in, your Second Amendment is gone. It’s gone—either obliterated to a point of being gone or gone itself.”

Teresa Mull (teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.

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