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Trump's shifting stance on guns leaves lawmakers baffled

Trump's shifting stance on guns leaves lawmakers baffled Trump's shifting stance on guns leaves lawmakers baffled
Patty Aguilar | 11 March, 2018, 06:20

He tweeted in response to a post by top NRA lobbyist Chris Cox, who summarized the meeting by saying that "we want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from unsafe people" and "support due process and don't want gun control".

Trump sent out several signals that no doubt raised the hackles of the NRA and Second Amendment absolutists who count themselves as part of the president's base.

Trump said he wants expanded background checks and is open to raising the age for buying assault-style rifles to 21.

"I don't think NRA members can react to something that hasn't happened yet", Loesch said during an interview Wednesday with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

But during the bipartisan meeting Trump said he liked the Fix NICS legislation but wanted "it much more comprehensive".

Trump's campaign-trail description of himself as a staunch defender of Americans' right to purchase and possess firearms "is not something that he's backed away from", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has always been pressing Trump to make good on certain pledges, be it getting tough on trade with China - like the steel move - or delivering on immigration or guns.

Trump said yesterday that he looks at some of the things his son Barron watches and thinks, "How is that possible?'" John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. All of these stances run counter to the positions of the NRA, the nation's largest gun-rights organization. "He certainly wants to focus and improve on the background check system".

It is stalled in the Senate. The bottom line appears to be that Trump now supports Sen.

Among those at the meeting were Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and senator of West Virginia, Joe Manchin, who are pushing their bill to broaden background checks to include pre-purchase reviews at online and gun show sales.

NRA on Trump meeting
Republicans have instead been leaning toward modest legislation created to improve the background system that is already in place. President Donald Trump listens during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington , U.S., February 23, 2018.

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Meanwhile, progressive Democrats like Sen.

Later on Twitter, Trump described the meeting as "good (Great)". "It doesn't make sense that I have to wait until I'm 21 to get a handgun but I can get this weapon at 18", Trump said on Wednesday, as he pressed Toomey on why his legislation doesn't address the issue.

"But at least coming out of that we'd at least have a background check bill that would save lives". The bill failed in 2013 after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Senate Democrats have outlined a three-point plan to tighten restrictions on gun ownership.

What should have been discussed at length in that meeting, Baker said, was the need to address our broken mental health system, strengthen background checks, secure our schools and assure that the risky mentally ill do not get access to firearms. Democrats also want to allow family members or law enforcement to apply for protective orders to take guns away from people who show "credible signs" of harming themselves or others. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a proponent of an assault-weapons ban.

"I like that responsibility", said Mr. Trump.

News' Peter Alexander tweeted out the following message about Donald Trump and his war against violent video games.

"We want to pass something great, and to me the something great has to be where we prevent it from happening again", Trump said, referring to the shooting deaths of 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on February 14.

The White House could not be immediately reached for comment.

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