[OP-ED] If Trump Favors Gun Free Zones — Start With His Own Hotels?
Here at Concealed Nation, we usually try to stay the heck away from partisan politics.
And it’s hard not to notice Donald Trump. But recently, he tweeted that he would like to see an end to gun free zones – once and for all. In that tweet, he cited the recent tragedy in Tennessee where four Marines and a Navy Petty Officer were killed in an attack on a recruitment center and a Naval reserve facility in Chattanooga.Now that Trump is considered one of the top contenders for the Republican party in the 2016 Presidential Elections, would he truly live up to his word to oblige that? If such federal law passed Congress and was enacted into law, it would mean concealed carriers everywhere would have almost unilateral freedom of movement.
That sounds wonderful.
This statement brings up more questions then it solves, though. Is this another ploy to attract pro-gun voters or is it the real deal?
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago’s standing policy is to keep the tower a “gun free zone” according to a recent statement made from a manager of the hotel to ThinkProgress. During their research, ThinkProgress states that many other Trump properties are “gun free zones”.ThinkProgress spoke with a number of hotels and golf courses in the Trump empire and found that multiple locations were gun-free zones, even for guests with concealed-carry permits.
“No, we don’t allow any firearms in the hotel,” a manager at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago told ThinkProgress over the phone.
Guns are also banned at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. An employee at the course told ThinkProgress that “we don’t allow firearms on the property.” Asked whether that ban applies even to those with a concealed-carry permit, he said that “with a permit we still don’t allow firearms.”