In one of his final actions as U.S. president, Donald Trump is taking steps to protect federal law enforcement officers, judges, and prosecutors.
As such, Trump signed an executive order Monday with the aim to ease and expand the authority of federal justice and law enforcement officials to carry concealed weapons for their own personal protection, National Review reported.
The move comes as Democrat Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Wednesday. In contrast to Trump’s avowed support of the right to bear arms, Biden has pledged to enact a raft of gun control measures — which has, in turn, spurred a gun-buying spree across the nation.
President Trump noted in the executive order that federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials all “make decisions of enormous consequence” that, in turn, result in their facing “unique risks to their safety and the safety of their families.”
That includes threats and actual instances of violence, sometimes in direct retaliation for a specific action, at others simply because of the position they hold in the federal government. “Judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers should not have to choose between public service and subjecting themselves and their families to danger,” the president wrote.
In light of that grim reality, Trump called for “enhanced protections” for such individuals and their families, when necessary, and to “cut the red tape” that those officials had to navigate in order to lawfully exercise their natural and constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms to effectuate their own self-defense.
Cut the red tape
“It shall be the policy of the United States to remove any undue obstacle preventing current or retired Federal law enforcement officers from carrying a concealed firearm as allowed under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004,” President Trump wrote in the order.
He called on all agencies and departments that utilize federal judges, prosecutors, or law enforcement officials to move “expeditiously” in implementing the order and established the requirement of timely reports to identify such obstacles and what will be done to remove them.
The president also called on the attorney general to allow for the special deputation of any such federal official facing threats of violence with the U.S. Marshals Service in order to allow for the lawful carrying of firearms for personal protection, along with a request that protection for judges and prosecutors facing threats be enhanced and prioritized.
Other last-minute orders
Trump issued seven other executive orders or proclamations on Monday that covered a gamut of issues ranging from respecting the sanctity of life and the composition of his proposed National Garden of American Heroes to reducing the overcriminalization of federal regulations and increasing accountability for the bureaucrats who promulgate such regulations.
He also released a report from the 1776 Commission he previously established to help promote a patriotic understanding of the nation’s founding and history, and proclaimed an end to certain pandemic-related travel restrictions with certain nations and regions.
With Tuesday being President Trump’s last full day in office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn-in, it is quite likely that Trump will issue another flurry of last-minute orders and proclamations — not to mention pardons and commutations — that are intended to further his agenda of helping the American people and reducing the power of the deep state bureaucracy in Washington D.C.