- Trump has promised to roll back a rule restricting the sale of gun accessories put in place by the Biden administration.
- Conservative gun owners are key to Trump’s re-election chances.
- Republicans largely oppose tougher laws, despite a spike in mass shootings and gun deaths.
What are the curbs in place?
“Every single one of Biden’s attacks on gun owners and gun manufacturers will be stopped within the first week in office, maybe my first day,” Trump said in a speech at the Great American Outdoor show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital.
The NRA enthusiastically supported Trump during the 2016 election campaign and throughout his administration, encouraging him to appoint three conservative justices to the Supreme Court and take a series of steps demanded by the influential gun lobby.
Why does Trump want to repeal the restrictions?
He told the crowd on Friday that if re-elected, “no one will lay a finger on your firearms” and boasted that he resisted pressure to introduce gun restrictions during his 2017-2021 White House tenure.
Republicans, backed by the NRA and other gun rights groups, largely oppose tougher laws, citing the right to bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Mass shootings and the rise in gun deaths
In Friday’s address, Trump’s eighth before the NRA crowd, he urged his supporters to “flood” the polls in November, acknowledging that he needs the battleground state he lost in 2020 if he wants to retake the White House.
Trump has raised questions about Biden’s mental acuity again after a Justice Department special counsel report said the 81-year-old Biden has memory problems, even though an investigation into his handling of classified documents found that he should not be charged.
The White House blasted that characterization, calling the report “obviously politically motivated.”