Second Amendment takes center stage in Trump’s battleground state speech: ‘A lot of gun owners’

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HARRISBURG, Pa. Thousands gathered successful nan metropolis past week to observe nan Second Amendment and subordinate erstwhile President Trump during nan NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show.

"Every azygous Biden onslaught connected weapon owners and manufacturers will beryllium terminated connected my very first week backmost successful office, possibly my first day," Trump said Friday evening to a cheering crowd astatine nan Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center. 

Trump headlined nan NRA Presidential Forum during nan event, wherever protecting nan Second Amendment took halfway shape successful nan battleground state. The reside marked nan eighth clip Trump has addressed NRA members, pinch erstwhile speeches making love backmost to 2015. The NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show is billed arsenic nan world’s largest outdoor show that features much than 1,000 exhibitors crossed 650,000 quadrate feet of grounds abstraction complete nan people of 9 days of events.

The erstwhile president vowed that if reelected "no 1 will laic a digit connected your firearms."

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"I will uphold those glorious words: ‘shall not beryllium infringed.’"

Trump’s comments travel aft President Biden and Vice President Harris person many times vowed to "take connected nan NRA" and prohibition alleged battle weapons. The president has signed dozens of executive actions during nan past 3 years pinch respect to weapon control, arsenic good arsenic nan Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was not supported by nan NRA owed to what nan group described arsenic wide connection and failing to reside convulsive crimes.

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Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Guy Reschenthaler said to Fox News Digital up of Trump’s reside connected Friday and said Democrats "don't understand these platforms" of weapon power and are really angling to execute "total authorities control."

"The Democrats erstwhile they … openly now opportunity that they want to return your AR, and we person candidates successful Texas saying that Joe Biden has said that we don't request nan correct to person these weapons," he said. "They don't understand these platforms, but astatine nan root, they want to person full authorities control. And they don't deliberation individuals should person nan correct to carry, should person nan correct to person firearms. So, we person to ever beryllium focused connected the Second Amendment and fighting to sphere our rights."

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Trump won Pennsylvania successful nan 2016 predetermination but not successful 2020, and Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry tells Fox News Digital that he anticipates nan erstwhile president to make repetition trips to nan authorities up of Election Day 2024, noting that weapon owners will play a cardinal domiciled successful Trump perchance winning.

"The president, I think, is going to walk a batch of clip successful Pennsylvania. It's a battleground state. He needs to triumph Pennsylvania to triumph nan remainder of nan country. He tin triumph it. He's won successful nan past, and we're going to invited him. … There's a batch of weapon owners successful Pennsylvania, we understand wherever our authorities travel from and what protects them. So, it's important to us," Perry told Fox News Digital successful an question and reply Friday evening.

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Pennsylvania’s authorities Constitution reads: "The correct of nan citizens to carnivore arms successful defense of themselves and nan State shall not beryllium questioned." Perry told Fox News Digital that successful Pennsylvania, "We judge successful nan constitution."

"The instauration of overmuch of what was done during nan Revolutionary War happened successful Pennsylvania," Perry said. "So, nan Constitution, but much importantly what's successful it, is really important to us; and of course, our rights, ordained by God but enumerated successful nan Constitution. And each of those are protected by nan Second Amendment. So, if you emotion nan First Amendment, God bless you, nan Fourth Amendment, God bless you – immoderate 1 of them. If you emotion nan archive and what it says and nan freedoms you have, backmost to nan Second Amendment because that's what preserves it. That's what it intends to us," he said.

Reschenthaler said nan state’s constitution protecting nan correct to carnivore arms is an "amendment that protects each nan different amendments."

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"Pennsylvania has a robust [version] of nan Second Amendment. In our Constitution, for example, it says … nan correct to self-defense shall not beryllium questioned successful Pennsylvania. So, starting disconnected pinch that, you understand wherever nan framers were pinch nan Second Amendment and our correct to transportation and carnivore arms," he said.

Reschenthaler represents Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District, which is successful nan southwestern portion of nan authorities and encompasses areas specified arsenic Fayette County, Greene County and Washington County. The congressman said that for his constituents, nan Second Amendment is simply a apical rumor arsenic crime trends rise.

"It's incredibly important successful my territory to person nan correct to transportation and to person arms, particularly pinch nan rising crime rates. You know, it's astonishing that nan aforesaid group that locomotion astir pinch their ain backstage information are nan ones that want to show you that you don't person nan correct to carry," he said.

Perry called connected each registered Republican successful nan Keystone State to ballot this predetermination twelvemonth to usher successful a nationalist reddish wave.

"If each personification that is registered to ballot that's a Republican, if each azygous 1 of them will vote, we will triumph easily. That's each that needs to happen. If you are a registered Republican, conscionable vote. You person 50 days successful Pennsylvania now, there's nary reason, there's nary excuse not to vote. If you're concerned astir your rights, if you attraction astir your rights, if you attraction astir your country, your community, your safety, nan information of your family, your economical well-being, past you request to beryllium voting," he said.

Trump headed to South Carolina aft nan NRA speech. He will look disconnected against erstwhile South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley successful nan Republican superior this month. So acold this superior season, Trump has won New Hampshire arsenic good arsenic nan Iowa and Nevada caucuses.