Donald Trump promises to roll back Joe Biden’s gun control measures on DAY ONE if he wins election in speech to NRA members in Dallas: ‘They are coming for your guns’

Gun Rights
  • Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association’s convention Saturday in Dallas
  • He promised to replace the ‘anti-gun’ head of the ATF on inauguration day
  • And he urged gun owners to get out and vote in November’s election 

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Donald Trump warned firearms enthusiasts that a Joe Biden win in November would bring more restriction on guns and promised to reverse new rules if he was elected president.

He used a speech to the National Rifle Association on Saturday to whip up enthusiasm among a key part of his base, and promised to get to work protecting Second Amendment rights at midday on inauguration day.

That would start with firing Steve Dettelbach, head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he said.

‘The bad guys are not giving up their guns,’ said Trump.

‘They will be so happy if the Biden regime gets four more years. They are coming for your guns … 100 percent.’

Former President Donald Trump addressed thousands of members of the National Rifle Association at their annual convention in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday evening

Former President Donald Trump addressed thousands of members of the National Rifle Association at their annual convention in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday evening

The NRA put its full weight behind Trump during the 2016 campaign. In office, the gun lobby welcomed the way he elevated three conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

But since then the group has seen membership and revenues dwindle. Wayne LaPierre stepped down as chief executive just before a Manhattan jury found him and two other executives liable for misspending millions of dollars. 

The NRA attempted to declare bankruptcy three years ago, but the petition was thrown out by a judge who ruled it was not made in good faith. 

Even so, its annual convention is still an important opportunity to rally the Second Amendment enthusiasts he needs to defeat President Joe Biden in November. 

He offered supporters his usual grab-bag of policy headlines, impersonations of world leaders and personal grievances.

He promised to close the border and spent time railing against the judge hearing his hush money case in New York and a gag order, that prevents him attacking witnesses.

But he also offered red-meat to the gun owners in front of him.

‘At noon on inauguration day, we will sack the anti-gun fanatic Steve Dettelbach,’ he said, using a British word for ‘fire.’ ‘Have you heard of him?

‘He’s a disaster … and replace him with an ATF director who respects the sacred right to keep and bear arms.’

Thousands of NRA members were in Dallas for the annual convention

Thousands of NRA members were in Dallas for the annual convention

The NRA enthusiastically backed Trump in 2016 and 2020. Trump called on gun owners to make sure they voted in November

The NRA enthusiastically backed Trump in 2016 and 2020. Trump called on gun owners to make sure they voted in November

Before taking up the post in 2022 Dettelbach had called for an ‘assault-style’ firearms ban, and he remains a figure of suspicion for Republicans.

Trump used his speech to remind his audience of the importance of voting.

‘I don’t know what it is,’ he said. ‘Perhaps it’s a form of rebellion because you’re rebellious people aren’t you? But gun owners don’t vote. 

‘What is that all about?’

It was all part of Trump’s ‘too big to rig argument.’ He set out the importance of picking up every vote possible and said that was why he was due to address the Libertarian national convention next week.

Danny Batsalkin holds a rifle during the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2024

Danny Batsalkin holds a rifle during the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 18, 2024

The NRA has seen membership and revenues decline during the past decade, but the gun rights lobby is an important constituency for Trump if he is to beat Biden in November

The NRA has seen membership and revenues decline during the past decade, but the gun rights lobby is an important constituency for Trump if he is to beat Biden in November

‘They get their three percent every year no matter who’s running,’ he said. ‘And we have to get that three percent because we can’t take a chance on Joe Biden winning.’

‘He’s the worst president in the history of our country, by far. 

Vice President Kamala Harris said the choice facing voters worried about gun violence was clear.

‘It is clear that Donald Trump meant it when he said that Americans fed up with horrific gun violence should simply “get over it.” In office, Donald Trump opposed common-sense gun safety measures and oversaw a rise in homicides,’ she said ahead of the former president’s appearance in Dallas.

‘Now, at a time when guns are the number one cause of death for children and teens in America, Donald Trump is catering to the gun lobby and threatening to make the crisis worse if reelected.’

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