At an Oct. 19 rally in South Carolina, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters that President Barack Obama in planning to sign an executive order to take away peoples’ guns.
“You know, the President is thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away,” Trump told the crowd of 5,600, according to CNN. “You hear about this? Not gonna happen. That won't happen. But that's a tough one, I think that's a tough one for him to do. There's plenty of executive orders being signed, you know that. And we can't let that go on.”
The topic of guns has made its way into the presidential race amid a series of high-profile mass shootings in recent months.
The President has not announced plans for an executive order that would limit access to guns, or take them away, CNN reports. But Obama has asked Congress to pass legislation for universal background checks to help minimize the number of mass shootings.
Trump appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Oct. 20 to further explain the previous day’s comments.
When host Alisyn Camerota told the billionaire real estate mogul that Obama hadn’t signed any such order, Trump said, “No, I heard that he wants to, and I think I heard it on your network.”
“Somebody said that’s what he’s thinking about,” he added. “I didn’t say he’s signing it. I think that would be a tough one to sign actually.”
Camerota responded that it would be “impossible.”
“Yeah, I would say it would be impossible, but nevertheless he was thinking about it,” Trump said. “I’ve heard it from numerous networks and I read it in the papers. So my source is the papers, so, they’re pretty good sources.”
Camerota suggested that Trump was being disingenuous when telling crowds Obama “is coming after you and your guns.”
But Trump maintained that he thought Obama was very much against Second Amendment rights and was likely still considering the executive order.
“People were saying he’s thinking about doing it,” he told Camerota. “Now, I didn’t say he’s doing it — how’s he going to do that? You have the Second Amendment, that’s big league, but he is certainly, I think he is currently thinking about doing it.”
Trump’s assertion comes just days after he revealed in an Oct. 11 interview that he has a concealed weapons permit and sometimes carries a gun.
"I like to have myself protected,” he told CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson at the time.
When asked if he thought everyone should have a gun permit, the GOP front-runner said: “That's up to them. But I will tell you, I feel much better being armed.”