Donald Trump has yet to take office. But expect the president-elect to have an impact gun legislation–or more appropriately the lack of gun legislation. During his run for the White House, Trump remained consistent on two issues–cutting taxes and protecting the Second Amendment. Among his biggest supporters was the National Rifle Association. The organization contributed millions of dollars to the Trump campaign was among the first to officially back him. Expect one of Trump’s first executive actions to repeal President Obama’s executive orders on guns.
During the Obama administration, the president called for legislation requiring gun sellers to conduct background checks and mandate dealers to report stolen or lost guns. President Obama also called for the establishment of an investigation center to monitor online gun trafficking and placing greater emphasis on the research of creating greater gun safety technology. Gun lobbyists are confident Trump will overturn nearly all of Obama’s proposals.
But Trump’s biggest impact on loosening gun legislation goes beyond changing any current laws. The president-elect has vowed to nominate a Supreme Court justice that will place a priority on protecting the Second Amendment. The next confirmed Supreme Court judge will replace the late Antonin Scalia, who was an advocate of the second amendment. While it does not change the dynamic of the Supreme Court. It will extend the support of the Second Amendment for the next 30 years.
One of the most intriguing questions is whether gun control legislation would reduce the amount of Utah gun crimes. Salt Lake City is home to thousands of gun owners. The U.S. Constitution specifically states American citizens have “the right to keep and bear arms and that “those rights shall not be infringed.” Utah’s constitution goes into further depth by defining the right to bear arms as means of “security and defense of self, family, others, property or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes.” Just like the U.S. Constitution, it also states, “those rights shall not be infringed.” While gun legislation may keep guns away from criminals, it is also more likely to prevent law abiding citizens from purchasing firearms as a means of protection.
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