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Trump On His Concealed Weapons Permit: 'I Like To Have Myself Protected'

| by Jared Keever
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Donald Trump said on Oct. 11 that he has a concealed weapon permit and “sometimes” carries a gun. 

Speaking to host John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the GOP presidential front-runner said he got his permit “years ago.”

When asked why, Trump said, “Because I like to have myself protected.”

Trump added that he is a “big Second Amendment person.” 

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When asked if he thought everyone should have a gun, Trump said: “That's up to them. But I will tell you, I feel much better being armed.”

He also suggested that a gun could have kept students safe at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College earlier this month when a gunman opened fire, killing nine people and wounding seven others before killing himself. 

“Had somebody in that room had a gun, the result would’ve been better,” Trump said. 

Asked if teachers should be armed, Trump also alluded to the Oregon shooting. 

“I think that if you had the teacher, assuming they knew how to use the weapon, which hopefully they would, you would’ve been a lot better when this maniac walked into class, starting to shoot people,” he said. 

It’s not the first time the Republican presidential contender has talked up his support for guns, or even revealed that he sometimes carries one. 

During an Oct. 3 rally in Tennessee he told the crowd about his permit, according to Yahoo Politics. 

“I have a license to carry in New York — can you believe that?” Trump said at the event. “Nobody knows that. Somebody attacks me, they’re gonna be shocked.”

Sources: CBS News, Yahoo Politics

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