President Trump Meets With Republicans, Democrats on Gun Control

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Lawmakers have since railed against Trump's remarks and said they disagreed with some of his ideas.

In the televised negotiating session, Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers he plans to unilaterally ban bump stocks, which can effectively make a semi-automatic firearm function as an automatic one.

"You know why because you're afraid of the NRA", the President responded.

"In this country, you always have due process first", said Sen. The bill is aimed at enforcing criminal background checks on gun sales, including private sales, PolitiFact reported.

At a minimum, it put the Pennsylvania Republican and his background check bill back at the center of the gun debate that he led after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"It was very encouraging for the president to certainly endorse the substance of Manchin-Toomey, which I think it was clear he did", Toomey said, though he said he did not know how many votes the bill would receive if a vote was called now.

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Finally, he wants to take what he says is a "common sense" step to raise the legal age limit to purchase a gun from 18 to 21.

It would be amusing if it weren't a Republican president endorsed by the NRA making Democratic lawmakers who want to end the public's right to self-defense so happy.

Many Republican lawmakers distanced themselves from Mr Trump's comments.

The comment came during an exchange Trump had with Sen.

In a conference call ahead of the meeting, Toomey told reporters a number of previously-opposed senators say they'd now support it.

The bill President Trump is referring to involves the expansion of background checks.

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"While today's meeting made for great TV, the gun control policies discussed would make bad policy that wouldn't keep our children safer", said Ms Jennifer Baker, a spokesman for the NRA's lobbying arm. On many issues, however, the president's views have vacillated. He alarmed some civil libertarians and gun-control opponents alike by suggesting, "Take the guns first; go through due process second".

"People are afraid to do background checks because you're afraid of somebody", he said. "I'm concerned that numerous ideas talked about in that meeting do not solve the problem of keeping kids safe in our schools".

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"We gotta stop this nonsense, it's time", said Trump. In the following days and weeks, his administration did everything it could to undermine the most popular compromise bill.

Trump, according to the White House, met with the family of Meadow Pollack, an 18-year-old senior at the Parkland, Florida, school who was among the 17 people gunned down February 14, allegedly by a troubled 19-year-old man who was expelled from the school last year.

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