Donald Trump, seen here on a stage with a rifle, said he has a CCW permit in New York and carries for self protection. photo from

Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and 2016 presidential candidate, told CBS that he sometimes carries a gun to protect himself.

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Trump said,”I will tell you, I feel much better being armed.”

He added that, if teachers or others in schools were armed, it could help stop school shootings.

“Had somebody in that room had a gun, the result would have been better,” he said of the recent campus shooting in Oregon. “I think that if you had the teacher, assuming they knew how to use the weapon, which hopefully they would, you would’ve been a lot better when this maniac walked into class, starting to shoot people.”

In this story on Yahoo Politics, Trump says he has a license to carry in New York (not an easy thing to acquire).

“Somebody attacks me, they’re gonna be shocked,” he said, adding that he obtained the license years ago because “I like to have myself protected.”

A day after the incident in Oregon, Trump told CNN that such killings are always going to happen regardless of the law because mentally ill people will “slip through the cracks.”

“This isn’t a gun problem; this is a mental problem,” he told CNN. “It’s not a question of the laws; it’s really the people.”

“Guns, no guns—it doesn’t matter,” Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” recently. “You have people that are mentally ill. And they’re going to come through the cracks. And they’re going to do things that people will not even believe are possible.” “No matter what you do, you will have problems,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “And that’s the way the world goes.”