Trump’s Glock Fascination: Video Sparks Interest in Gun Law & Indictments

Hey there, fellow firearm enthusiasts! It seems like the news cycle never stops surprising us. One recent buzz is about none other than Donald Trump expressing an interest in owning a Glock handgun. So what's the big deal with the former President showing interests in a Glock handgun customized with his likeness? Well, because of his current legal issues, some in the “get Trump at any cost” camp, claim that a video and social media post by someone associated with Trump prove he committed a felony. Is that really what happened?

Let's look deeper into the gun laws and regulations in play.

the special edition glock pistol Donald Trump wanted to buy

the special edition glock pistol Donald Trump wanted to buy

Donald Trump and His Interest in Firearms:

We all know Donald Trump as a man who's not afraid to voice his opinions. While visiting South Carolina, he visited a local gun store to admire a special edition Trump Glock 19 9mm handgun. This has sparked a conversation about gun ownership in the United States.

In the video, Donald Trump repeatedly says that he want's one of the nifty 9mm pistols that bears an image of his face, “Trump 45,” and “Make America Great Again.” It's hard to fault the guy for expressing interest in the gun. However, there is just one problem.

The former President in under felony indictment, and therefore prohibited from purchasing a firearm. One of Donald Trump's associates posted, and later removed, the video on social media and claimed that Donald Trump Bought a handgun. People were quick to recognize the legal issue Mr. Trump would be in if he had purchased the gun. However, it's nearly impossible to think that anyone in America doesn't know about the felony indictments against Donald Trump, including every gun store employee in that South Carolina store.

Those employees would know that like everyone else who purchases a firearm from a dealer, Donald Trump would need to complete ATF form 4473.

Check out the video below.

Navigating Gun Laws and ATF Form 4473:

In the United States, one of the key documents in the process is the ATF Form 4473. This form is required for all firearm purchases through licensed dealers and helps ensure that buyers meet the legal criteria for ownership.

The ATF Form 4473 collects vital information about the buyer, including identification details, background check questions, and a certification of the firearm's legality. It's a crucial component of responsible gun ownership, intended to keep firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

One of the questions on the form is:

Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year, or are you a current member of the military who has been charged with violation(s) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and whose charge(s) have been referred to a general court-martial? –emphasis added

If President Trump answered “no” he would commit a felony.

Hunter Biden's Felony Indictment:

Recently, and only after efforts to hide the crime, federal prosecutors charged President Joe Biden's son Hunter with lying on a 4473. Hunter is and was a known drug addict and, as such,  prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Yet, when completing the ATF form 4473, he lied when answering the following question:

Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside. –emphasis added

This case highlights the importance of accurately and truthfully completing the form, as any false statements can have serious legal consequences. Even though Hunter will likely face little to no punishment even if convicted, the law exists and serves as a stark reminder of the significance of adhering to the law when it comes to firearms.

But should a felony indictment alone bar someone from being able to purchase a firearm? This is a question before the United States Supreme Court in case US v. Quiroz.

Trump May Be Able to Purchase a Gun After All:

Trump didn't actually purchase the firearm, but he, along with others who have been indicted, may be able to in the future.

In US v. Quiroz. the defendant, Jose Gomez Quiroz, purchased an 1911 .22 caliber handgun. At the time, Quiroz was under federal indictment for burglary. The court convicted him for the illegal purchase. Quiroz challenged the verdict, saying that it violated his Second Amendment rights.

US District Judge David Counts, ruled in favor of Quiroz. Judge Counts said that in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen:

Although not exhaustive, the Court's historical survey finds little evidence that § 922(n)-which prohibits those under felony indictment from obtaining a firearm-aligns with this Nation's historical tradition. As a result, this Court holds that § 922(n) is unconstitutional.

It's my opinion that barring extra-ordinary circumstances, a mere indictment should not bar someone from purchasing a firearm. An indictment isn't akin to a conviction, and so I think using it as the criteria is too far of a reach.

Final Thoughts

Regardless if you like Donald Trump or not, his interest in owning a Glock handgun certainly sparked a conversation about gun laws.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Let's keep the conversation going in the comments below!

Oh yeah, and if you want to buy one of those special edition Trump Glock 19 9mm handguns, follow this link.

link to comparison of insurance companies

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. I produce the Concealed Carry Podcast and coordinate the Concealed Carry Instructor Network, and manage MJ Maruster Defense.

13 Comments

  1. Marion McDowell on September 27, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    If that’s the law and Trump can by a gun than there shouldn’t be no case on Biden for buying a gun.

    • Matthew Maruster on September 27, 2023 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Marion, I think you missed the difference between the two instances. First, Biden IS an admitted drug addict and was one at the time he purchased the firearm. Trump is under indictment for a crime, and hasn’t been convicted. He currently can’t purchase a gun, and didn’t actually purchase the gun. I mentioned the case currently being heard by the Supreme Court, because it deals with gun rights and indictments, but not drug addicts. I hope this makes that more clear.

  2. Joe Heefy on September 27, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    I agree with Marion. As you have posted, the law states “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime for which the judge could imprision you for more than one year … Clearly, Trump cannot answer “no” to that question. And, as you stated, ” if President Trump answered “no” , he would commit a felony.

  3. Eddie Eng on September 27, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    I want one. Where can I purchase one ?

    • Matthew Maruster on September 28, 2023 at 8:39 am

      Hi Eddie. I added a link in the article for you.

  4. djbisme on September 28, 2023 at 8:42 am

    If Trump is so interested in Glocks (or guns), why didn’t he do anything for 2A rights while president? In fact, he arguably diminished 2A rights while he was president.

    • Clark Kent on September 28, 2023 at 10:49 pm

      Some facts to back up your claim? And by the way, you prefer your gun rights status under Bozo Joe?

  5. Chad on September 29, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    It’s a moot point. You can’t buy a handgun in a state you’re not a resident of, and he’s not a resident of SC. He couldn’t have bought that gun even if he wasn’t under indictment.

    • Tom L. on October 2, 2023 at 4:03 pm

      Exactly. The indictment issue doesn’t even come into play.

      • Matthew Maruster on October 2, 2023 at 5:07 pm

        You can purchase a handgun out of state, but you can’t take possession there. The FFL where you buy it will transfer it to an FFL in your state and that FFL will transfer it to you.

    • Dave V on October 22, 2023 at 10:57 am

      Actually that statement is not correct Chad. President Trump could certainly have purchased that Glock in South Carolina and had it shipped to a local FFL in his home state of Florida where he would then have had to navigate the answers to the 4473.

      Purchases like this occur thousands and thousands of times per day either through internet shopping or by traveling firearm enthusiasts who stop in to gun or sporting goods stores while they vacation across the USA. Either way, sooner or later, before that officially becomes his Glock, he has to complete the 4473 and pass the NICS check.

  6. Tom L. on October 2, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Isn’t the more basic issue that he is not a resident of South Carolina and therefore, like any non-resident, prohibited from purchasing a handgun? The indictment issue doesn’t even come into play.

  7. Mel on October 16, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    To be fair a judge couldn’t imprison anyone for an indictment so everyone can answer no to that question pretty much. A jury would decide if your guilty or not and could go to prison. So until found guilty the judge couldn’t imprison you beyond denying you bail which is also a constitutional right. But we already broke the constitution thousands of times over with every gun law so who knows nowadays!

Leave a Comment