What Trump Presidency Could Mean For Gun Laws

Why Can’t Police Halt Chicago Gun Violence?
In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the thousands of illegal firearms they confiscated so far that year in their battle against gun violence in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green/AP)
Why Can’t Police Halt Chicago Gun Violence?
In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the thousands of illegal firearms they confiscated so far that year in their battle against gun violence in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

What Trump Presidency Could Mean For Gun Laws

Before he was president-elect, or even close to deciding to run a presidential campaign, Donald Trump was vocal in his support for gun control. In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump came out in favor of a ban on assault weapons and waiting periods for gun purchases.

But during his run for president, he sang a different tune.

On the campaign trail, Trump said he would fully protect the right to bear arms, “unsign” President Obama’s executive orders on criminal background checks and assault weapons ban, and said Hillary Clinton as president would repeal the Second Amendment—a distortion of Clinton’s proposals on guns.

Throughout his campaign and post-election, Trump has softened or changed his stances on different issues—from the ban on Muslims entering to the US to his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare—but what about when it comes to guns in America? What can we expect? Morning Shift talks to Adam Winkler, professor of law at the University of California in Los Angeles and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.