President Trump: “I’ll sign national reciprocity for gun owners if it reaches my desk”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – For many years, those who have a concealed weapons permit have wondered why, after getting a permit in their state, they cannot carry in other states. It is something that does not seem to make sense. 

However, many states fail to recognize what has been done to obtain that permit, and those with legally obtained carry permits are unable to carry across state lines. 

Now, President Donald Trump has promised to sign a bill into law which would allow those with carry permits in one state to carry into others, providing such a bill is ever presented to him.

During a recent interview with the NRA’s 1st Freedom, the President was asked if he would ever consider signing such a bill if it ever reached his desk. 

They said:

“Mr. President, each state’s driver’s license is honored across this great nation, yet a permit to carry a concealed gun – which in contrast, is a right specifically protected in the U.S. Bill of Rights – is often not respected by other states. 

Will you support a national reciprocity act so that law-abiding gun owners can more easily travel with their freedom?”

President Trump responded that he would allow concealed weapons permit holders to cross state lines with the same privileges they enjoy in their home state. 

He then said:

“I will support such legislation.  If it comes across my desk, I will sign it.”

The President, when he was a candidate in 2015, had expressed support for such a law.  In 2015, Breitbart News reported that President Trump had taken a similar stance while running for the Republican nomination. 

He said:

“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway.  That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too.  That permit should be valid in all 50 states.”

The President added:

“A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state.  If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”

Now President Trump, also said when he was running for the nomination:

“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons,” “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people.  What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.  Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.”

President Trump also spoke about the need for harsh penalties for those people who commit crimes, and a real commitment from law enforcement in enforcing those penalties. 

He said:

“Several years ago there was a tremendous program in Richmond, Virginia called Project Exile.  It said that if a violent felon uses a gun to commit a crime, you will be prosecuted in federal court and go to prison for five years – no parole or early release.

“Obama’s former Attorney General, Eric Holder, called that a “cookie cutter” program.  That’s ridiculous.  I call that program a success. 

“Murderers committed with guns in Richmond decreased by over 60% when Project Exile was in place – in the first two years of the program alone, 350 armed felons were taken off the street.”

The issue is not really whether or not our current President supports the idea, it is really if congress could muster enough support to pass legislation that would eventually make its way to the President’s desk.  Passage of such a bill is not likely without overwhelming bi-partisan support given the current climate of anti-gun democrats. 

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Rochester Police Captain calls out politicians’ push for gun laws after mass shooting: I’m going to vomit

September 21, 2020

ROCHESTER, NY – When it came to examination of accountability and Democrat policies in New York, Rochester Police Captain Frank Umbrino pulled no punches at a presser following a mass shooting in his city early Saturday night.

Umbrino first detailed the known facts about the shooting.

He recounted that the local 911 center received multiple calls reporting a shooting at approximately 12:30 am Saturday.  Responding to the “dangerous and volatile” situation, officers  arriving when the shooting was “just ending” encountered between 100 and 200 people attempting to flee the scene.

The crime scene spanned several blocks, but the focus was at a home which had hosted an invitation-only house party.  People from two other nearby parties, Umbrino reported, joined the house party in progress. 

An argument ensued, and an estimated 3 or 4 people pulled handguns, ultimately firing over 40 rounds.  Shootings occurred in the front of the home, the backyard of the home, and in the street.

A total of 16 people were hit by gunfire, and sadly, recent high school graduates Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander were both pronounced dead at the scene.  The remaining 14 gunshot victims were transported to hospitals and are expected to live.  Two other people were seriously injured when they were trampled.

Umbrino stated that Young and Alexander were “innocent victims” and were not believed to be intended targets.

He had nothing but praise for the actions of his officers and supporting agencies, later saying:

“You got people running away from gunfire, and you got officers running towards it.  Because that’s the job that we do.”

The police captain then took on the push for gun laws in no uncertain terms.

He said:

“What I can tell you is I’m not surprised by the violence that’s been taking place. 

“You know, and I’m going to get in trouble, probably, for this, but if I hear one more politician talk about, you know, what we need to do to stop the violence, we need more gun laws, we need this, we need that, quite frankly, I’m going to vomit. 

“These people that say that have no idea what they are talking about.”

Captain Umbrino went on to point the finger at swift release of suspects arrested for gun law violations, saying:

“We have a lot of gun laws currently on the books that we do not enforce.  I shouldn’t say we don’t enforce.  We enforce them, but you have individuals getting locked up for illegal handguns and being released from custody the next day.  That’s disgusting.”

He continued:

“So if anybody is surprised there’s been an uptick in violence since we don’t enforce the current gun laws that we have, [shrugs], I don’t know what to tell you.  But those are the facts. 

“These politicians that want to say we need more gun laws, we need this, we need that, do me a favor, just stop talking, because you really don’t know what you are talking about.”

Umbrino went on to say that the local residents “don’t believe” what the politicians say about needing more gun laws, and he instead called for “accountability.”  He pointed out that an individual with an illegal handgun probably would not care about getting caught if they knew they would be released from jail the following day.

He added that in his 30 year experience, having worked hundreds of homicide investigations in Rochester, he could not recall a single unjustified homicide that involved a legally registered handgun.

In addition, Umbrino spoke on the adverse effects that Democrat-driven bail reform has had on his community.

He asserted:

“Bail reform, in my opinion as a 30 year veteran in law enforcement and working in the city of Rochester for the last 30 years, bail reform has a significant impact on the amount of crime and the uptick in crime that’s been occurring in our community and throughout New York State.”

Umbrino went on to say:

“Look at the numbers.  They sent the numbers out not long ago.  I don’t hear a lot about it in the media, but the numbers are terrible. 

“And anybody that says that bail reform is not part of the blame in that, [shrugs], again, you’re fooling yourself.  And please stop telling us that.”

Continuing with the theme of accountability, Umbrino also spoke of how parents and community leaders were responsible for holding young people accountable for their actions.

He stated:

“[We] need to be the adults in the room and, you know, we need to raise our children and teach them how to do things right, and we need to, you know, instill in them good moral fabric….

“So if kids these days don’t have any consequences, we’re doing them a disservice, because we’re not teaching them.  We’re not bringing them up the way they need to be brought up, and the way that most of us here got brought up.”

Umbrino then appeared to refer to the recent appearance of protestors in Rochester when he said he had been talking to a lot of residents in the last three weeks who are “suffering because other people… are pretending to know how to solve problems.”

Protests, some violent, have been occurring in Rochester recently after the release of body camera footage regarding the death of Daniel Prude, who died after interacting with police in March of this year.

Umbrino was asked if he was referring specifically to protestors, and said he “was not going to get into everything” and was “referring about life in general.”

He went on to say:

“I can’t quote what they’re saying, but they are telling these people to get the hell out of their city and to let us take care of our problems the way we need to take care of them.”

Umbrino then called for an end to the presser, saying:

“That’s what they said, and at that point I think we’re going to end it, because I’m going to say something I’m going to get in trouble for if I haven’t already.”

He concluded by saying how “heart-wrenching” it was for innocent lives to be taken, and added:

“I just hope, a month from now, everybody remembers their names.”

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