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Trump at odds with Republican lawmakers over gun reforms

Trump at odds with Republican lawmakers over gun reforms

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony honoring Reverend Billy Graham in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Washington.

At the White House, the discussion was billed as a session focused on "school and community safety", and one of those attending, Sen.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Trump hosted "an awesome meeting" about how to respond to the deadly Florida shooting, but his legislation to strengthen the federal background check system was "our best and only option to act in response". We have military bases with gun-free zones and we had five incredible soldiers, three of whom were championship shooters, that were nowhere near their gun and this whack job walked in and killed all of them, and they were defenseless. The NRA desperately wants this bill, as do many GOP lawmakers. Basically, it would allow the gun laws in the state you reside to apply to any state you travel.

A spokesman for Toomey said that the senator has demonstrated that he's not afraid of the gun lobby.

"I was just curious as to what you did in your bill", the President said.

"If there's a Republican who has demonstrated he's not afraid of the NRA, that would be me", he said.

Trump wanted to know why background check legislation authored by Toomey and Sen. But at this meeting, the President threw his support behind the controversial Manchin-Toomey plan to expand background checks to most private gun sales, raising the purchase age for many firearms to 21 years old, endorsed new red flags in the background check process on domestic violence, and even supported measures to take guns from people who might be considered a threat to commit violent acts.

While noting the NRA's opposition to proposals to raise the minimum age to purchase firearms, the president made the case that raising the minimum age is common sense.

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The House has already voted to encourage states and government agencies to provide criminal and mental-health records to the national background check system. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized the bill as too weak because it doesn't include a universal background check.

So the Democrats are not satisfied with the "limited" scope of the Fix NICS proposal.

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president did not address the criticism Republicans levied against him after the meeting, instead saying it was "an honor" to host the bipartisan group of lawmakers. When asked about the bill on Tuesday, Sen.

"They think they're doing what's right, but sometimes we need to be tough", he said.

At a bipartisan White House meeting on gun violence Wednesday, President Donald Trump pressed Republican U.S. Sen.

"Bump stocks, we're writing that out. Shortly that will be gone".

Trump raised eyebrows by suggesting law enforcement officials should be able to confiscate people's firearms without a court order to prevent potential tragedies.

The US has seen episodes of intense pressure for legislative action on guns before - most notably after the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre that killed 26 - only for the moment to dissipate with nothing done. Dianne Feinstein of California, for having some "very good ideas". Chris Murphy (R-Conn.) proposed.


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