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ELECTION 2016: Chris

Cox
One-on-One With Donald Trump

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his year's race for the White House is like no other in our history. Hillary Clinton
has made it clear that if elected, she will come after our firearms freedom on her
very first day in office. So it's no exaggeration to say that the Second Amendment is on the ballot this November. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to discuss our right to keep and
bear arms and what's at stake in this election for America's gun owners.

Chris Cox:

Mr. Trump, I'd like to begin with an issue of
concern to many gun owners. In your 2000 book, "The America
We Deserve", you stated that while you oppose gun control, you
support the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms-the socalled "assault weapons" ban-and also support a longer waiting period to purchase a firearm. During this election, however,
you've repeatedly pointed out you oppose gun and magazine
bans and only support background checks that are instant,
accurate and fair. Would you say your position has evolved on
these issues?

DJT:

Absolutely. Over the past 15 years I've learned a great
deal about how we can protect the good people of this country
from those who mean to do us harm. Gun control is not the
answer-protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens is the
answer. Furthermore, gun bans don't work. Studies were done
after the 1994 "assault weapons" ban expired. They clearly
showed that the ban didn't protect anyone, didn't reduce
crime. It just made it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect
themselves with the firearm of their choice. Like with all things,
I believe in what works, and gun bans don't work.
I have two sons who don't just believe in the Second
Amendment, they live it. They hunt, target shoot, shoot competitively and carry firearms for personal protection. They're
NRA members and so am I. I also have a concealed-carry permit. Our commitment to the Second Amendment is
unshakable.

Chris Cox: As you know, the future of our firearms freedom

hangs in the balance with the passing of Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia-the author of the Heller decision-which held
that the Constitution guarantees the individual right to keep
and bear arms. I have a couple of questions related to the
Supreme Court, but first, do you agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right to own and
use firearms for lawful purposes?
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DJT: Without question. Unlike Hillary Clinton, I believe the
Second Amendment protects an individual right and the D.C.
gun ban overturned in Heller is exactly the kind of law the
Second Amendment was meant to prohibit. Let me be clear
about this-Heller wasn't about a "reasonable restriction" as
Hillary tries to argue-the D.C. law banned guns in the home.
As a result, D.C. residents were completely defenseless against
violent criminals breaking into their homes. Hillary believes
that the Supreme Court was wrong in the Heller decision,
which she has said many times. She will appoint judges who
will effectively abolish the Second Amendment-that's the
stake in this election.
Chris Cox: In addition to the Scalia vacancy, many suggest
the next president could nominate three or even more additional justices to the Supreme Court. Will the Second Amendment and the Heller decision play a role in who you decide to
nominate to the Supreme Court?

DJT: One hundred percent. I will appoint judges who will
preserve our Second Amendment-protected rights-Hillary
Clinton will appoint judges who will eliminate them.
Chris Cox: There are a number of laws and regulations
that gun control groups have been pushing for years. I'd like to
discuss a few of them to get your views. First, do you support
so-called "universal" background checks?
DJT: There can never be a so-called "universal" background
check, because criminals obviously ignore gun laws. That's
what makes them criminals. The research shows that they find
someone with a clean record-a "straw purchaser"-to get a
gun for them. Or they get a gun from the black market. Or they
steal it. We also know that background checks haven't stopped
the mass shooters we've seen. In each case, they either passed
a federal background check or stole the guns they used.
Under current law, purchasing a firearm from a dealer
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