Trump Gets NRA Endorsement, Says He'll Ban Gun-Free Zones

He also took the opportunity to bash 'Heartless Hillary'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2016 2:38 PM CDT
Trump Gets NRA Endorsement, Says He'll Ban Gun-Free Zones
Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association convention on Friday in Kentucky.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The NRA endorsed Donald Trump during its national convention in Kentucky on Friday, NBC News reports. According to CNN, Trump called the endorsement a "fantastic honor." In a speech immediately following, he said American citizens "sitting in an apartment" need guns because “outside is tremendous crime; tremendous crimes of all kinds," Politico reports. Trump said Hillary Clinton plans on destroying the right to bear arms. “She wants to abolish the second amendment," ABC News quotes him as saying. "She wants to take your guns away.” He said that's why he's going to add "Heartless Hillary" to the list of nicknames he uses for Clinton. Clinton has never advocated for repealing the second amendment.

During his speech, Trump also promised to eliminate all of the country's gun-free zones, which includes schools and military bases. (A Huffington Post editor points out on Twitter that those gun-free zones include the Trump Hotel in Chicago and his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.) Trump said the San Bernardino attack and other mass shootings could have been avoided if more people had guns. But Trump hasn't always been so anti-gun control. In the past, he's backed a ban on assault weapons and advocated for longer waiting periods for gun purchases. NBC notes Trump has changed his tune on gun control since starting his run for president. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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