A spokesman for former President Donald J. Trump on Monday posted a video showing him at a gun store in South Carolina, stating that he had just purchased a Glock pistol.
The post on X, formerly known as Twitter, included a video of Trump, the front-runner for the Republican Party presidential nomination who faces four criminal charges. He looked over the dull gold firearm, a Trump special edition Glock that depicts his likeness and reads “Trump 45th,” while visiting the Palmetto State Armory store in Summerville, South Carolina. “I want to buy one,” he said twice in the video. .
“President Trump buys a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!” his spokesperson, Steven Cheung, wrote in his post. The video showed Trump among a small crowd of people and posing with a man holding a gun. A voice can be heard saying, “That’s a great salesman.”
The statement immediately caused an uproar and raised questions about whether such a purchase would be legal. Trump is charged with dozens of felonies in two separate cases involving his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and his possession of reams of classified documents after leaving office.
There were also questions about whether the store could sell a firearm to Trump if people there knew he was under indictment.
Federal prosecutors are asking a federal judge in the case accusing Trump of violating several laws in his efforts to stay in office to impose a limited gag order after he made repeated threats against prosecutors and witnesses in several cases in his against. Trump’s lawyers had a Monday night deadline to respond to the government’s statements. order request.
But two hours after the initial social media post, Cheung deleted his post and issued a statement saying, “President Trump did not purchase or take possession of the firearm. He simply indicated that he wanted one.”
A man who answered a phone registered to the store owner hung up when a reporter called. A Summerville saleswoman, who declined to give his name or answer additional questions, said Trump had not purchased a gun.
Trump has been increasingly criticized by prosecutors, security experts and others for his language on his social media site, Truth Social, regarding his trials.
At the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for example, officials have increasingly expressed concern about threats of violence, as Trump and his allies have taken aim at the agency.
Under the main federal gun law, 18 USC 922, it is illegal for dealers to sell firearms to people charged with crimes that carry sentences of more than one year. The defendants are also prohibited from sending or receiving weapons that have crossed state lines.
But the statute does not appear to prohibit accused people from simply purchasing or possessing guns.