March 18, 2018

NRA's Top Lobbyist Implies Trump Is Back On Its Side

04 March 2018, 12:38 | Christie Tate

NRA's Top Lobbyist Implies Trump Is Back On Its Side

NRA's Top Lobbyist Implies Trump Is Back On Its Side

Cox tweeted late on Thursday that he had met Trump and the vice-president, Mike Pence, and they "don't want gun control".

During the session, President Trump expressed support for Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein's updated ban on semi-automatic rifles and strongly stated he wants due process to come after the confiscation of firearms.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said conversations are "ongoing". These steps would plug crucial gaps in gun laws regardless of what happens in Tallahassee, and they would bring the balance between gun rights and safety more in line with public opinion.

However, some observers said Mr Trump's meeting with the NRA appeared to cast his gun control initiatives into doubt.

He called for Trump's assistance in passing a gun-control measure, as Trump had publicly voiced support for each of the Democrats' proposals.

If Trump is going to change his mind on tariffs and free trade, keep an eye on the Pennsylvania 18th District special election on March 13. "I think it's a fundamental, constitutional Fourth Amendment issue".

Trump later went back to Toomey and Manchin, asking how their bill - which was focused on background checks - dealt with setting a minimum age for buying a rifle.

His comments left supporters wondering if he was serious or simply thinking out loud.

In a televised meeting, he urged lawmakers to pass strong reform measures.

Cornyn said 50 senators have now signed up to support his bill, which he said could be used as a "base" for debating other measures as amendments.

The White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Rubio's proposal would allow guns to be taken away even before a legal process fully runs its course. John Kennedy, R-La., a freshman known for his colorful analogies. Arming teachers was by far the most polarizing policy suggestion; the poll found a 50-point divide between Republicans and Democrats. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Heller, who is facing a tough re-election fight, has avoided the spotlight in the subsequent days as well, declining to address specifics about his positions on gun legislation.

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Amid the confusion, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has shelved the gun debate for now, saying the Senate will turn next week to other measures. The president wants to improve the system but is "not necessarily" in favor of background checks for all gun purchases, she said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, warned that Trump would need to follow through this time or risk hurting his reputation. "Senator Toomey has not received a dime from the NRA since joining the Senate".

And at least one Democratic senator, Richard Blumenthal of CT, said Democrats might seek to block a stand-alone Fix NICS bill because it does not go far enough. But lapses persist. For example, the Air Force failed to report a domestic violence court-martial to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that could have prevented a Texas gunman from purchasing a weapon before killing 26 people in a Texas church last November.

"I'm hoping there's a way forward", he told reporters as lawmakers left Washington.

Traditionally, gun control is one of those issues that's dominated by a small slice of the electorate - an energized group of committed gun-rights activists. And he promised lawmakers they'd be "popular" if they were "very powerful" on an expansion of background checks. "One hour of television won't get assault weapons off our streets".

"It was wild", said Sen.

EA had no comment on whether its executives would be meeting with Trump when reached for comment by IGN.

That remark came after Toomey had walked Trump through the details of the bill that he and Democratic West Virginia Sen.

The president also said the NRA has "great power over you people", but "less power over me".

"Holy s-", one Democratic Senate emailed as they watched the meeting unfolding.

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