President Donald Trump’s first gun purchase was made with a $1,500 donation from an art dealer.
In early March, the president’s transition team issued a press release that claimed the president was a “true gun lover” who was a member of the “Guns For Trump” group.
The statement said Trump had made the purchase for his own personal protection in case of an attack and would “not hesitate to use his position of power to protect the American people.”
The statement did not mention Trump’s gun collection or his role in purchasing the gun.
Trump’s first firearms purchase came in the form of a donation from the Artisans Association of America, which is a non-profit association of private collectors and dealers.
According to the organization’s website, its mission is to “make the art industry a safer and more prosperous industry, by empowering and supporting artists through advocacy and education.”
The organization’s mission statement is a reference to Trump’s controversial comments in November 2016, when he said he would use his office to protect Americans from terrorist attacks.
In the statement, the association said it is dedicated to providing “quality, affordable, high-quality firearms, ammunition, and accessories for artists and gun enthusiasts” and “to help preserve the integrity of the art world and the gun industry.”
Artisans Association president David W. Miller told The Associated Press in an email that the president made the donation “because he is a true gun lover.”
Miller said the donation comes from a member, not Trump himself.
“The president has been a lifelong gun owner, so we are honored to work with him on this purchase,” Miller said.
In his campaign for president, Trump said he wanted to help “make America great again” by getting the federal government out of the business of “making guns.”
He has also promised to ban high-capacity magazines and to enact stricter gun laws.
The president’s statement on the purchase was a clear swipe at Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Trump said Clinton’s record as secretary of state showed she “made a big mistake” when she pushed for the ban on assault weapons and the ban in 2015 on the so-called assault weapons ban.
He also criticized Clinton for the 2014 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead, saying she “got away with murder.”
Trump has faced criticism for his past comments about gun ownership, including his claim that he could have stopped the Orlando nightclub shooting had he not bought the shooter’s weapon.