Former President Donald Trump made headlines during a recent campaign stop in South Carolina when he expressed interest in purchasing a Glock handgun. The moment was captured in a video shared on social media by Trump’s spokesman, Steven Cheung, where Trump can be heard saying, “I want to buy one,” as he was shown the firearm.
Initially, the social media post suggested that Trump had indeed purchased the semi-automatic pistol. However, Trump’s campaign later clarified to NBC News that the purchase was not completed.
It’s important to note that federal law prohibits individuals under indictment from buying a gun. In Trump’s case, he currently faces a total of 91 felony counts across four separate criminal cases. Despite these legal challenges, he maintains his plea of not guilty for all the charges.
A significant development in this context is a ruling by a federal judge in Texas in September 2022, which deemed the federal law barring individuals under indictment from purchasing firearms as unconstitutional. The judge cited a Supreme Court decision earlier that year that struck down a gun restriction in New York, casting doubt on a range of existing gun control laws.
The specific incident captured on video took place at Palmetto State Armory, a gun store located in Summerville, South Carolina, during an impromptu campaign stop. As Trump continues to be a prominent figure and a front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, such episodes attract considerable attention and scrutiny. However, the legal implications of his actions and statements in this context remain subject to interpretation and ongoing legal processes.