‘Shall not be infringed’ on gun rights in battleground states before 2024

Trump vows to terminate Biden’s ‘attack on gun owners and manufacturers’ if reelected

Last week, thousands gathered in the city to celebrate the Second Amendment and join former President Trump at the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show.

Trump told the crowd on Friday evening at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center that he would stop all of President Biden’s attempts to restrict gun owners and manufacturers as soon as he gets back in office, maybe even on his first day.

Trump was the main speaker at the NRA Presidential Forum during the event, where protecting the Second Amendment was the main focus in the battleground state. This was Trump’s eighth time speaking to NRA members, starting from 2015.

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The Great American Outdoor Show by the NRA is known as the world’s largest outdoor show. It features over 1,000 exhibitors in a space of 650,000 square feet and lasts for nine days.

The former president promised that if he gets elected again, he’ll make sure nobody messes with your firearms.

“I will stick to those powerful words: ‘shall not be infringed.'”

Trump made these remarks in response to President Biden and Vice President Harris repeatedly pledging to confront the NRA and ban what they call assault weapons. Over the past three years, the president has signed many executive actions on gun control, including the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The NRA didn’t support this act because they felt it was too broad and didn’t address violent crimes adequately.

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Guy Reschenthaler talked to Fox News Digital before Trump’s speech on Friday. He said Democrats don’t grasp these gun control platforms and are aiming for “total government control.”

“They Democrats are openly saying they want to take your AR rifles. We have candidates in Texas claiming Joe Biden said we shouldn’t have these weapons,” he said. “They don’t get these plans, but basically, they want full government control. They believe individuals shouldn’t have the right to carry or own guns. So, we always have to fight for the Second Amendment and protect our rights.”

Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry

Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 but not in 2020. Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry tells Fox News Digital he expects the former president to visit the state again before Election Day 2024. He says gun owners will be crucial for Trump’s potential victory.

“The president is likely to spend a good amount of time in Pennsylvania. It’s a state where the competition is tough. Winning Pennsylvania means a lot for winning the whole country. He’s done it before, and we’re ready to welcome him. There are many gun owners here in Pennsylvania who understand the importance of our rights and where they come from. So, it’s a big deal for us,” Perry told Fox News Digital in an interview on Friday evening.

Pennsylvania’s state Constitution states: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” Perry told Fox News Digital that in Pennsylvania, “We strongly believe in the constitution.”

Audience members react during former President Trump's speech at the NRA's Great American Outdoor Show

“The groundwork for much of what occurred during the Revolutionary War was laid in Pennsylvania,” Perry said. “So, the Constitution, and more significantly, its contents, hold great importance for us. Our rights, believed to be God-given but detailed in the Constitution, are safeguarded by the Second Amendment. So, if you cherish the freedoms outlined in any amendment – whether it’s the First Amendment or the Fourth – you should also support the Second Amendment because it’s what preserves them. That’s its significance to us,” he said.

Reschenthaler mentioned that the state’s constitution, which protects the right to bear arms, serves as an “amendment that safeguards all the other amendments.”

“Pennsylvania’s Second Amendment protections are strong. Our state Constitution explicitly states that the right to self-defense cannot be challenged in Pennsylvania. With that foundation, we can see where the framers stood on the Second Amendment and our right to possess and carry firearms,” he said.

Reschenthaler represents Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District, located in the southwestern part of the state, covering areas like Fayette County, Greene County, and Washington County. The congressman highlighted that for his constituents, the Second Amendment is a priority issue, especially as crime rates increase.

“It’s extremely important in my district to have the right to carry and own firearms, especially with crime rates on the rise. It’s ironic that the same people who have their own private security want to deny you that right,” he said.

Perry urged every registered Republican in Pennsylvania to vote in the upcoming election to bring about a nationwide wave of Republican victories.

Pennsylvania Rep. Guy Reschenthaler

“If every registered Republican voter turns out, we will win easily. That’s all it takes. If you’re a registered Republican, just vote. With 50 days available for voting in Pennsylvania, there’s no excuse not to. If you care about your rights, your country, your community, your family’s safety, and your economic well-being, then voting is crucial,” he said.

After his NRA speech, Trump is heading to South Carolina where he will compete against former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the Republican primary this month. During this primary season, Trump has already won in New Hampshire, as well as the Iowa and Nevada caucuses.

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