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The Republican National Committee's Executive Committee voted on June 10, 2020, to adopt the same platform the party used in 2016. The decision accompanied a series of adjustments to the itinerary and location of the Republican National Convention due to the coronavirus pandemic. The committee decided to reduce the number of in-person delegates attending the convention on its first day in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2,500 to 336, and to cancel the meeting of the Platform Committee.

... RNC national press secretary Mandi Merritt said, "It would not be right for a very small group to craft a new platform without all of the delegates present."

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The 2016/2020 Rebublican Platform follows, as it relates to gun rights:




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Pages 12 - 13


The Second Amendment:

Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms

We uphold the right of individuals to keep

and bear arms, a natural inalienable right that

predates the Constitution and is secured by the

Second Amendment. Lawful gun ownership enables

Americans to exercise their God-given right of selfdefense for the safety of their homes, their loved

ones, and their communities.

We salute the Republican Congress for

defending the right to keep and bear arms by

preventing the President from installing a new liberal

majority on the Supreme Court. The confirmation

to the Court of additional anti-gun justices would

eviscerate the Second Amendments fundamental

protections. Already, local officials in the nations

capital and elsewhere are defying the Courts

decisions upholding an individual right to bear

arms as affirmed by the Supreme Court in Heller

and McDonald. We support firearm reciprocity

legislation to recognize the right of law-abiding

Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves

and their families in all 50 states. We support

constitutional carry statutes and salute the states

that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived

laws that would restrict magazine capacity or

ban the sale of the most popular and common

modern rifle. We also oppose any effort to deprive


individuals of their right to keep and bear arms

without due process of law.

We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun

manufacturers and the current Administrations

illegal harassment of firearm dealers. We oppose

federal licensing or registration of law-abiding

gun owners, registration of ammunition, and

restoration of the ill-fated Clinton gun ban. We call

for a thorough investigation by a new Republican

administration of the deadly Fast and Furious

operation perpetrated by Department of Justice

officials who approved and allowed illegal sales of

guns to known violent criminals.



Page 30


Preserving the District of Columbia


Since the Supreme Courts decisions affirming

the Second Amendment rights of its citizens, city

officials have engaged in a campaign of massive

resistance by denying virtually all applications for

gun ownership. The Republican Congress should

be prepared, upon the inauguration of a Republican

president, to enact legislation allowing law-abiding

Washingtonians to own and carry firearms.




Page 45


Honoring and Supporting Our Veterans:

A Sacred Obligation

We will halt the ... unconstitutional automatic

denial of gun ownership to returning members of

our Armed Forces who have had representatives

appointed to manage their financial affairs.



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