Donald Trump Pushes National Reciprocity at NRA: ‘Second Amendment Must Apply Across State Lines’

Former President Donald Trump speaks during the National Rifle Association Convention, Friday, April 14, 2023, in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings/AP)
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While speaking at the NRA’s Leadership Forum Friday, former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump said he will ask Congress to send national reciprocity to his desk during his second term.

Trump said, “I will ask Congress to send a bill to my desk…[for] national concealed carry reciprocity.”

He added, “Just like your driver’s license or your marriage license, your Second Amendment must apply across state lines. It will. We’ll get it done pretty quickly, too.”

Breitbart News reported that Trump stressed his support for national reciprocity going into his 2016 presidential campaign.

He did so via a policy paper on Second Amendment rights, saying:

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.

During his speech Friday at the NRA Leadership Forum Trump also pledged a tax credit for teachers who train to be armed.

Watch: Trump Proposes to Pay for Teachers’ Concealed Carry Training and Firearms

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AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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