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Eyeing a Glock with His Likeness
During a stop at South Carolina’s Palmetto State Armory on Monday, former President Donald Trump showcased interest in a Glock pistol adorned with his image on its grip.
Trump’s appearance alongside Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has since become a hot topic in mainstream media.
The “Trump 45” Glock Edition
The standout firearm of the visit was the “Trump edition” Glock 19. “Trump 45th” is etched onto the slide, with a portrait of the former President on the handle
“I’m going to buy one. I want to buy one,” Trump said after looking at the pistol. “Isn’t Glock a great gun?”
Palmetto State Armory has the gun listed for $749.99.
Purchase Controversy and Legal Implications
Rumors initially circulated that Trump bought the gun after Trump’s campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, alluded to it on social media.
This was later debunked by Cheung himself, who eventually pulled down the post on X.com.
If Trump had acquired the gun, it would’ve raised eyebrows due to current federal laws that ban those under felony indictment from purchasing firearms.
Trump faces 91 federal and state indictments, according to TheNation.
South Carolina’s Gun Purchase Requirements and Hunter Biden
In South Carolina, prospective gun buyers must hold a concealed carry permit or undergo a background check.
For Trump, filling out the requisite ATF form 4473 would mean confirming his indictment status.
Question 21c on the form specifically asks, “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony or any other crime for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year…”
Were Trump to lie on the form and answer “no,” he’d run afoul of the law vis a vis the current president’s son, Hunter Biden.
Hunter lied about drug use on the 4473. He checked a box claiming he was not using or addicted to drugs while later admitting that at the time of the purchase he was, indeed, a crack cocaine addict.
Hunter now faces felony gun charges.
Court Cases Challenging Current Law
Currently, two legal cases are challenging the restrictions on firearm purchases for individuals with charges (not convictions), like Trump, or restraining orders.
In US v. Quiroz, Jose Gomez Quiroz procured a handgun while indicted for burglary. Quiroz challenged, citing the Second Amendment.
Judge David Counts, appointed by Trump, concurred with Quiroz. Referencing the Supreme Court’s New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen decision, Counts contended that the federal government lacked authority to restrict gun sales to those indicted. This verdict awaits the Fifth Circuit’s appraisal.
Meanwhile, in US v. Rahimi, Zachary Rahimi obtained a firearm, despite an active domestic abuse restraining order.
Invoking the Second Amendment, he opposed the federal ban. The Fifth Circuit backed his stance, and the Supreme Court will deliberate on this matter come November 7.
Collectively, these landmark cases could significantly impact gun rights in the U.S.
Photo-Ops and Social Media Buzz
President Trump doing a little shopping in South Carolina!— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) September 25, 2023
He will protect our great Second Amendment!! pic.twitter.com/Qs6Imc8LEb
Palmetto State Armory co-owner Julian Wilson and founder Jamin McCallum joined Trump for memorable snapshots.
Rep. Greene took to social media, sharing a picture with Trump holding the Glock, underscoring his commitment to the Second Amendment.