Donald Trump achievements: Gun rights

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to advancing gun rights and protecting the Second Amendment.

2017

By the end of 2017, President Trump had built up a record as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.[1]

Legislation signed, 2017

  • February 28, 2017—President Trump signed a bill into law (Public Law 115–8)[2] repealing a Social Security Administration rule adding mental disability determinations to the background check registry, subject to a person applying to be removed from the list.[3][4][5] Congress had passed a law requiring federal agencies to search their records for people who were "mentally defective", and the Social Security Administration had published their method of gathering names on December 16, 2016. The regulation would have added the names of disability beneficiaries who have a mental illness or are not competent to manage their own finances, potentially leading to the removal of Second Amendment rights to many perfectly competent, mentally healthy citizens.[4][6] By signing the resolution of disapproval, as with other CRA acts, the Social Security Administration cannot come up with different criteria for supplying names to the background check registry for 10 years.

Executive actions, 2017

  • Starting early in his presidency, the Trump Administration undid Obama-era executive branch gun regulations.[7]
  • August 16, 2017—The Justice Department terminated Operation Choke Point, a program started during the Obama Administration that existed to encourage banks not to do business with "high risk" businesses and that was criticized by conservatives as unfairly targeting gun dealers and other businesses not looked favorably upon by liberals.[8]

Other achievements, 2017

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • As a sign of confidence in the Trump Administration by Second Amendment supporters, several media outlets reported in 2017 that gun sales fell deeply compared to 2016 after trump assumed office.[9] Others, however, noted that background checks for gun purchases increased to record levels in 2017.[10] The number of Americans with concealed carry permits continued to increase.[11] Ultimately, while the number of gun sales in 2017 was significantly lower than in 2016, it still became the second-best year on record for gun sales in the U.S.[12]
  • April 28, 2017—President Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1983 to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual convention.[13]
  • Unlike left-wing politicians, President Trump did not call for gun control immediately after major shootings such as one at a Texas church in November 2017, noting that stronger gun laws would not stop such shootings,[14] noting that the gunman had mental health problems and that it was not "a guns situation,"[15] and he noted that the shooter was stopped by another person with a gun.[16]

2018

Executive actions, 2018

  • May 14, 2018—The Trump Administration began the process of loosening regulations for certain small-arms exports and changing the agency giving approval from the State to Commerce Department.[17] It officially published the proposed rule changes on May 24, 2018.[18] In July 2018, President Trump approved the State Department's proposed implementation plan for the new policy.[19]
  • July 2018—It was reported that the DOJ had made a settlement with a 3D gun printer a few months prior, ending a lawsuit between the printer and the State Department over making blueprints for 3D-printed guns public.[20] In the settlement, the DOJ admitted that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber, including semi-automatic rifles, are not inherently military, and by allowing the release of 3D-printed gun blueprints, it undermined gun-buying regulations.[20]

Other achievements, 2018

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • Gun sales remained strong at the beginning of 2018.[21] After a major gun shooting in Florida, which began another left-wing push for gun control, the number of background checks for gun sales,[22] as well as concealed carry permits, sharply rose.[23] The number of background checks in April 2018 set a new record.[24] In addition, gun manufacturers' stocks performed well.[25] While gun sales fell in May 2018, they still continued setting record highs,[26] and background checks in June[27] and July[28] reached the second highest levels ever for those individual months. On the other hand, some gun manufacturers reported lower sales because of the Trump Administration's relatively pro-Second Amendment stance.[29]
  • May 4, 2018—Both President Trump[30] and Vice President Mike Pence[31] spoke at the National Rifle Association's annual convention, where they expressed strong support for Second Amendment rights, among other topics.[30][31]

Failures, 2018

  • February 20, 2018—Under heavy pressure from the gun control lobby after a school shooting in Florida,[32] President Trump signed a memorandum directing the DOJ to create new regulations to ban gun modifiers such as "bump stocks."[33] The DOJ proposed its ban on March 10, 2018.[34]
  • March 23, 2018—President Trump an omnibus spending bill that Congress sent to him, and its provisions included the Fix-NICS Act, which jeopardized the Second Amendment rights of over 4 million Americans.[35] The omnibus bill also included a clause that clarified that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could conduct "gun violence research."[36]

References

  1. Hawkins, AWR (December 31, 2017). President Trump’s Top Six Pro-Gun Moments of 2017. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.. White House (February 28, 2017). Retrieved on April 11, 2017.
  3. Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. Federal Register (December 19, 2017).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sherfinski, David (February 15, 2017). Senate votes to repeal Obama’s ban on gun sales for certain Social Security recipients. The Washington Times. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
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  6. Hawkins, Awr (April 10, 2017). Politico: Trump Repealed Social Security Gun Ban Behind Closed Doors to Hide Benefits for ‘Severely Mentally Ill’. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  7. Hawkins, Awr (April 14, 2017). President Trump Quietly Rolling Back Obama-Era Gun Controls. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
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  19. Multiple references: The implementation came amid positive news about U.S. weapons sales: Conservative criticism of the policy: See also:
  20. 20.0 20.1 Multiple references: Specifically on the government's admission that semi-automatic firearms below .50 caliber are not exclusively "military equipment": See also:
  21. Bedard, Paul (February 8, 2018). Gun sales stay red hot, third best January ever. Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
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  25. Randewich, Noel (April 20, 2018). Two months after Parkland shooting, gun makers' stocks are rallying. Reuters. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
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  27. Hawkins, Awr (July 2, 2018). June 2018 Saw Second-Highest Number of Background Checks Ever. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  28. Hawkins, Awr (August 3, 2018). July 2018 Saw Second Highest Number of Background Checks Ever. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  29. Elinson, Zusha; McWhirter, Cameron (August 30, 2018). The ‘Trump Slump’: With a Friend in the White House, Gun Sales Sag. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
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