Donald Trump’s Expanded Second Amendment Position
Read the candidate's post.
There’s been a lot of speculation lately about what kind of a pro-gun president Donald Trump will actually be. In late November Donald Trump posted an expanded position statement on his website.
He had previously not said much specific other than that he would “defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners [including the] national right to carry [which] should be legal in all 50 states.” We got a bit more information in this expanded statement:
“The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right — it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. This is about self-defense, plain and simple.”
In this post Trump acknowledges that he has a concealed carry permit and says the permit is a right, not a privilege. In the section entitled National Right to Carry, Trump says this:
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”