Newly crowned Miss USA Asya Branch made an impassionate speech where she said guns should not be banned. People should instead undergo proper training and safety tests before being allowed to own a firearm, said the Mississippi native, according to The Daily Mail.
"As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire, and gun safety. And I think that education should be available to everyone," she said. "I think it's important that we not ban guns because obviously people will find a way to get what they want anyways. I think it's our Second Amendment right. We just need more safety surrounding that."
The 22-year-old won the nationwide contest on Monday night, making her the first Mississippian to hold the coveted pageant crown. Branch previously made history by becoming the first African American to win Miss Mississippi.
She also once sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at a Trump rally back in 2018, as per The Daily Mail's report, although the video of Branch performing at the event has now been removed from her Instagram page. Her account on the popular social media platform also features videos of her shooting guns.
The finals of the Miss USA contest took place at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, a property that was once owned by rock legend Elvis Presley. According to E! News, she beat another 50 contestants at the pageant show, which was aired live and hosted a socially-distanced audience.
The official Miss USA Instagram account shared a picture of Branch wearing her new Power of Positivity crown, which was designed by Swiss jewelry maker Mouawad. In the picture, she wore her black-and-white gown and a pair of equally jaw-dropping earrings.