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'Afraid of the NRA'? Not this senator, pushing back at Donald Trump

'Afraid of the NRA'? Not this senator, pushing back at Donald Trump

Gun violence groups had hailed Trump's comments, with Everytown for Gun Safety releasing a statement saying that "the president today called for sweeping gun violence reform that would meet the moment of public sentiment after the tragedy in Parkland".

Mr Trump mentioned arming teachers, and said his administration, not Congress, would ban "bump-stock" devices that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons with an executive order. "But we have to help solve the problem that's in front of us".

Trump also suggested letting law enforcement confiscate a person's guns without a court order.

Asked if Trump had made any promises to the NRA in the meeting, Sanders said: "Only that he'll continue to support the Second Amendment, that's not something that he's backed away from".

Trump echoed that sentiment on Friday when he also tweeted: "Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!" On Wednesday, the president surprised the bipartisan members of Congress he met with when he sided with Democrats on expanding background checks and raising the purchasing age for rifles.

"I think he thinks it would probably have more potential at the states than it would at the federal level", Sanders said, noting that the president realizes that "there's not a lot of broad support for" raising the minimum purchase age.

"I think we just keep repeating his own words in a positive way, like, 'This is what he said".

Democrats left the session smiling, while their clearly rattled Republican colleagues looked a little shell-shocked.

"The way they performed was frankly disgusting", Mr Trump told the group of governors at the White House.

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President Donald Trump is accusing some lawmakers of being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to pass new gun measures.

"Is anyone OK with this, because I'm sure as hell not", Thomas Massie, US Representative for Kentucky, tweeted on Thursday. "Trust me, I'm hearing from my Second Amendment supporters and my ban-the-gun supporters. Speak up." Massie is a conservative who is backed by tea party groups.

Trump tweeted support this month for "comprehensive" background checks, and Republican leaders have interpreted that as support for a narrow measure aimed at improving the reporting of disqualifying offenses to NICS.

Toomey had told reporters before the meeting he believes the response to the Parkland, Fla., shooting has been different, though he wasn't yet sure if that will translate into momentum to get legislation to the president's desk. HuffPost has reached out to the White House for comment.

A man who confronted a suspect in a shooting at a Texas church is also on the participant list released by the White House.

Back to Wednesday and that meeting, which convened a short time after it became clear that even the narrowly tailored bipartisan gun control measure aimed at background checks was in real jeopardy in the Senate and a nonstarter in the House.

Several senators doubted Trump would be able to move an intensely partisan Congress to act on new gun laws.

The NRA opposed the Toomey-Manchin background check bill, and when Toomey faced a hard re-election in 2016, the powerful gun-rights group downgraded the Pennsylvanian's "A" rating to a "C".

Instead, Mr Trump again voiced his support for expanded background checks. "He wants to be helpful", Toomey told The Associated Press.


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