Trump admires Glock during visit to gun shop, campaign misfire triggers firestorm

Former President Donald J. Trump dropped by a local gun shop during a Monday visit to South Carolina, admiring the merchandise that included a Glock handgun that he said he’d like to purchase, triggering his enemies.

The Republican Party frontrunner was at the Palmetto State Armory in Columbia prior to a speech in Summerville when he was presented with a pistol bearing his image on the grip during his tour of the shop where he was accompanied by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who is one of his most loyal supporters in Congress, and the state’s Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) who endorsed him.

“Wow,” said the former and potentially future president in a video that went viral on social media, saying that he wanted to buy one, posing with the owners of the gun store.

But it was a social media misfire by campaign spokesman Steven Cheung that ignited the daily Trump firestorm, posting a video of the visit to X, formerly known as Twitter with the incorrect claim that the staunchly pro-Second Amendment Republican had purchased the weapon, a crime under federal law as he is currently under felony indictment.

“President Trump purchases a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!” Cheung wrote in the since-deleted post.

(Screenshot: Twitter)

“President Trump did not purchase or take possession of the firearm. He simply indicated that he wanted one,” Cheung later clarified to Fox News Digital.

Stephen Gutowski of The Reload, an expert in firearms and gun laws pointed out that it would be against the law if Trump did indeed buy the Glock although there are questions about the constitutionality of the restrictions.

“There hasn’t been much talk about this but because Trump is under multiple federal felony indictments he can’t “receive” new guns. He can keep the ones he has, but he can’t get new ones. I do wonder how that’s going to work out as he campaigns at places like gun stores” Gutkowski said in another X post.

“In theory, Trump could raise a constitutional challenge to this provision of federal law under the Supreme Court’s latest interpretation of the Second Amendment in Bruen. Hunter Biden’s lawyers say he is planning to use that defense to his gun charge,” Gutkowski also said, referring to last year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on Second Amendment rights.

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