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ELECTION 2016 First, I will undo President Obama's executive orders on guns. but terrorists with explosives-like at the Boston marathon bombing-and terrorists with trucks-like in Nice, France-or terrorists with any other means of attacking our people. They want to disarm Americans but continue policies that allow terrorists into our country. Chris Cox: President Obama has made a habit out of using Photo by Sara Kauss his "phone and pen" to implement gun control through executive orders, bypassing Congress and the will of the people to advance his anti-gun agenda. All presidents have used executive orders at some level, but none have gone to the lengths that Obama has on gun control. Do you have any plans with respect to executive orders on guns if you win the election? requires a background check, whether in a store, at a gun show or anywhere else-but some want to take that a step further so that even if a firearm is transferred from a father to a son as a gift or between lifelong friends on a hunting trip, the federal government has to intervene and approve the transfer in advance. That burdens law-abiding citizens but doesn't impact criminals. I don't support that. Chris Cox: What about gun owner licensing and/or registration? DJT: I don't support restricting the constitutional rights of law- DJT: First, I will undo President Obama's executive orders on guns. Second, I will look for ways to restore the Second Amendment-protected rights of law-abiding citizens, by undoing restrictions put in place by the Obama administration's federal agencies and pursuing avenues that protect Americans' constitutional rights in ways that make us all safer. Chris Cox: You came out early in the primaries with a position paper on the Second Amendment, including your support for Project Exile-enforcing current gun laws against criminals with mandatory jail time. Is that something you'll push for if elected president? abiding citizens by creating a national government registry. One thing that gun control supporters never point out is that gun control costs us lives every day. Every time a law-abiding citizen has their right to defend themselves taken away, they are put at risk. That terrible tragedy in New Jersey-Carol Bowne, who was killed in her own driveway while waiting for a gun permit-is a tragic example of how gun control costs lives. But the American people get it. Poll after poll shows a majority of Americans continue to be opposed to invasive restrictions on their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. They believe, as I do, that all of us have the right to defend ourselves and that the government should not be in the business of taking that right away, any more than we would let them regulate and restrict any of our other core freedoms out of existence. DJT: I think the major failure of gun control supporters is the constant push for new gun laws instead of focusing our efforts on prosecuting violent criminals. Federal prosecutions under Obama have plummeted, and all he does is ask for more gun control. It makes no sense. Project Exile was a program that had great success because it's simple-if you're a felon caught with a gun or committing another crime with a gun, there's a mandatory sentence of at least five years waiting for you. And those cases are prosecuted in federal court. When you see violent crime exploding in a place like Chicago, it's ridiculous that they aren't taking those criminals off the streets with the laws already in place. I'll make that a priority in a Trump administration. My Justice Department will focus on prosecuting violent criminals. We will make it happen. Chris Cox: After the recent tragedy in Orlando, Fla., Presi- Chris Cox: Is there anything else you want our readers to DJT: Terrorists should not be able to buy guns, legally or ille- DJT: This election means everything for the future of our country. Not just gun rights, but also many other issues. The Supreme Court will be shaped for a generation by the next president. Our standing in the world will be shaped-at a critical and dangerous time-by the next president. And the Second Amendment itself hangs in the balance with who we elect as the next president. Your freedoms are hanging by a fraying thread. Every freedom-loving American must vote, and they need to get their friends to vote. We can't let the freedoms secured by those in uniform be surrendered at the ballot box. I promise your readers, and all of America's law-abiding gun owners, that when I win the White House with your votes, our Second Amendment rights will remain protected and I will do all in my power to advance the cause of freedom. dent Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and their allies tried to distract attention away from their failed terrorism policies by calling for more gun control. In addition to calling for a new ban on semi-automatic rifles and for expanded background checks, they pushed for a proposal to ban people on secret government lists from purchasing firearms. What's your position on that issue? gally. Period. We must make sure that doesn't happen, and we all agree on that goal. At the same time, we have to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans. These are not mutually exclusive ideas-we can do both. Unfortunately, Obama and Hillary will do anything to distract attention away from their failure to stop the spread of ISIS and defeat terrorism. They also don't want to talk about the threat, not only of terrorists with guns, 20 OCTOBER 2016 know about this election? AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

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