The big question with Trump is, will this change?He accused Mrs. Clinton this month of seeking to â€œabolish the Second Amendment.â€ And just as he argues that casualties from the terrorist attacks in Paris last year would have been lower if civilians had been armed, he has proposed abolishing gun-free zones at military bases and at schools.
â€œI will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and â€" you have to â€" and on military bases,â€ Mr. Trump said on the campaign trail in January. â€œMy first day, it gets signed, O.K.? My first day. Thereâ€™s no more gun-free zones.â€
2000 wasn't that long ago.The measures included expanding background checks to people buying firearms at gun shows and online; limiting the capacity of magazines; and banning assault weapons. â€œGun and magazine bans are a total failure,â€ Mr. Trump wrote in his position paper. â€œThe government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.â€
Those positions represent a reversal from where he stood about 15 years ago when he first contemplated a run for president. In a 2000 book, Mr. Trump supported a ban on assault weapons and a â€œslightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.â€