Ex-President Donald Trump (right) admired a Glock pistol with his face on it (left) during campaign stop in South Carolina (Pictures: Getty Images/Glockstore)
Former President Donald Trump wanted to buy a handgun with his face emblazoned on it – but was not able to because he faces felony counts from four indictments.
Trump eyed a bronze-colored Glock pistol with his image on the handle and ‘Trump’, ’45th’ and a presidential seal, while making an unscheduled campaign stop at the Palmetto State Armory in Columbia, South Carolina.
‘Wow. I’ve got to buy one. I want to buy one,’ Trump said on Monday as he was presented with the gun, in a video shared on X (formerly Twitter) by his spokesman Steven Cheung.
The individual clutching the gun replies briefly replied, then Trump reiterated, ‘No, I want to buy one.’
Ex-President Donald Trump examined the Glock pistol at the Palmetto State Armory in Columbia (Picture: Glockstore)
Cheung wrote: ‘President Trump purchases a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!’
But the spokesperson quickly deleted the post, likely after realizing that it would be a crime for Trump to purchase the firearm since he faces 91 felony counts across four separate criminal cases.
Federal law prohibits individuals under indictment from purchasing a firearm.
Cheung told CNN that Trump did not actually buy the Glock while visiting the armory.
Ex-President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd during a campaign rally on Monday in Summerville, South Carolina (Picture: Getty Images)
Trump was accompanied in the visit by Republican congresswoman and avid supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene.
‘President Trump doing a little shopping in South Carolina!’ she said before the Trump campaign’s clarification. ‘He will protect our great Second Amendment!!’
The former president continued his day by holding a rally in Summerville, a suburb of Charleston.
Former President Donald Trump has a strong lead in the polls over his Republican challengers (Picture: Getty Images)
Trump has long acknowledged that he has a concealed carry permit and in a 2015 Republican presidential debate admitted, ‘I do carry on occasion, sometimes a lot. But I like to be unpredictable.’
The ex-president, who has a clear lead over his challengers, will skip the second 2024 Republican primary debate on Wednesday night and instead hold a rally with automobile industry workers striking in Michigan.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all the charges across his four indictments.
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