Prosecutors claim Trump broke the law with gun store visit

 October 1, 2023

Federal prosecutors are now trying to claim that former President Donald Trump broke the law when he recently made a campaign stop at a gun store in South Carolina. 

According to the Washington Postfederal prosecutors argued as much in a court filing that they submitted on Friday night.

As you will see, the prosecutor's argument is a bit on the desperate side.

But, before we get to that, let us take a look at the incident that federal prosecutors are referring to.

Trump's gun store visit

It took place on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, when Trump made a 2024 campaign stop in South Carolina. During that stop, Trump decided to pay a visit to the Palmetto State Armory in Summerville.

To put things into context, Trump made this visit just after the Biden administration announced the creation of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. It is clear that the office is President Joe Biden's latest attempt to further his gun control agenda.

Trump's stop at the gun store was, at least partially, captured on camera, and the video was posted to social media - although it has since been deleted.

During the visit, Trump noticed a gun that, according to the New York Timesis "a special Trump edition Glock that depicts his likeness and says 'Trump 45th.'"

Trump, in the video, could be seen looking at the gun and he could be heard saying, repeatedly, that he wanted to buy the gun. It is unclear whether or not he ever did. But, Trump did take pictures holding the gun.

The prosecutors' claim

In their recent court filing, federal prosecutors argued that Trump, with this gun store stop, may have broken the law.

They wrote:

The defendant either purchased a gun in violation of the law and his conditions of release, or seeks to benefit from his supporters’ mistaken belief that he did so. It would be a separate federal crime, and thus a violation of the defendant’s conditions of release, for him to purchase a gun while this felony indictment is pending.

It appears that the prosecutors are referring to the criminal indictment that special counsel Jack Smith has brought against Trump in Washington, D.C., regarding the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

In addition to claiming that Trump may have broken the law, the prosecutors also argued that this gun store incident is an additional reason why a gag order ought to be imposed on Trump.

The judge has yet to issue on ruling on this court filing. Trump's team has not said much about the incident. But, they have said that Trump did not purchase the gun.

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