Steven Cheung, a spokesman for Trump’s campaign, deleted a controversial video capturing Donald Trump’s visit to a gun store in South Carolina. The video raised questions about whether Trump’s potential purchase of a Glock semi-automatic handgun would violate federal law.
During the campaign stop, Trump was presented with a Glock pistol featuring his image on the grip, aptly named the ‘Trump edition’ gun with ‘Trump 45’ engraved on the chamber. In the video, Trump expressed interest in purchasing the firearm, stating, “I’m going to buy one. I want to buy one. Isn’t Glock a great gun?”
Cheung, who initially claimed Trump had purchased the gun, later clarified that Trump did not complete the purchase, leading to the video’s deletion from social media.
The situation prompted concerns about the legality of Trump buying the firearm. Federal law prohibits individuals under felony indictment from purchasing firearms. Trump faces multiple charges from the Justice Department related to his possession of classified documents and attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
However, it’s worth noting that some federal judges have questioned the constitutionality of this restriction, potentially opening the door for legal challenges.
Moreover, in South Carolina, purchasers are required to have either a concealed carry permit or undergo an instant background check before buying a firearm, using an ATF form. On this form, purchasers must affirm they are not under felony indictment and are not using or addicted to drugs, similar to the process Hunter Biden followed when purchasing a gun in 2015.
Despite the initial claims, the Trump campaign eventually walked back its statement, confirming that Trump did not complete the Glock purchase. This incident highlights the ongoing legal complexities surrounding firearm purchases, particularly for individuals facing federal charges.
Trump, currently the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, faces a total of 91 felony counts across four criminal cases and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
This incident at Palmetto State Armory, a gun store in Summerville, South Carolina, sheds light on the ongoing debate surrounding gun control laws and the intersection of legal restrictions and constitutional rights in the United States.