In expressing his opposition to an “assault weapons” ban, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stresses that Americans should be able to own the “firearm of their choice.”
Under a Trump administration, that means individual Americans should have the freedom to own the gun they are most comfortable with using for self-defense, whether a revolver, a semi-automatic handgun, a shotgun, or an AR-15 or AK-47.
According to Business Insider, “One thing Trump’s 2016 presidential platform is clear on is protecting the rights of gun owners and preventing any legislation that impedes their right to bear arms.”
Trump views an “assault weapons” ban as something that clearly impedes the Second Amendment.
When questioned in March about his position on an “assault weapons” ban, Trump said, “I do not support the ban on assault weapons.” His website says: “The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.” And Trump also believes Americans should be able to own “high capacity” magazines if they are comforted by having the added rounds for self-defense.
Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons,” “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.