Donald Trump stuns lawmakers with call for tighter gun control

President Donald Trump is not afraid of the NRA Video

"Trump the Gun Grabber: Cedes Dems' Wish List" was the headline on Breitbart News, the far-right news website that, under the editorship of Steve Bannon, helped Trump win the presidency in 2016.

"I like taking the guns early", Trump said. McConnell had been preparing to push ahead with an incremental proposal from Sens. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and the second ranking GOP member in the chamber, and Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which offers financial incentives for state and local governments to report information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Throughout the meeting, the president sought to play the conciliatory facilitator - the deal-signer if not the deal-maker - on one of the most divisive issues of past decades.

Students returned to class at the high school, Wednesday, following the February 14 mass shooting that killed several students and teachers. Lawmakers had been making incremental progress on a bill to boost participation in the existing federal background check bill.

But Trump's fixation and Toomey's optimism may not translate into success in the legislature.

Trump called on them to gather their ideas and present them in one, comprehensive bill.

"They're on our side", Trump told a bipartisan gathering of governors on Monday during a White House meeting. Trump held a similar roundtable late past year on immigration, calling on lawmakers to send him a bipartisan bill allowing up to millions of undocumented immigrants legal status, only to later toughen his demands and effectively kill several measures.

He called for tighter restrictions on gun sales to young adults and for background checks to be expanded for all weapons purchases, including at gun shows and online. The measure, from Sens. It had failed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

The raising the age for rifle purchases has been a flashpoint inside the West Wing after both the National Rifle Association and a number of top Republican lawmakers came out strongly opposed.

The senator told Trump his backing would be needed to build support.

However, with the backing of the president, the Manchin-Toomey bill could make a comeback.

In the wake of public outrage over the Florida school shooting, the President says he told the powerful gun lobby during a recent lunch: "We've got to stop this nonsense". "I'm talking Democrat and Republican presidents, they've not stepped up", Trump said.

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Trump mentioned several times that lawmakers should not include in a bill a ban on "bump stocks". The Democrats say if Trump gave an endorsement, that measure would stand a better chance of passage.

"They have great power over you people", the president said of the NRA to his fellow Republicans on Wednesday.

"They are law-abiding citizens", Toomey said. "But it's our job to write the legislation and he either vetoes it or he signs it".

The president repeatedly stated his support for increasing armed security at schools, arming teachers and reducing "gun-free zones".

However, Lucas added, "until we really get a clear idea whether there's a coherent policy coming out of the administration, as opposed to these thought bubbles, I would be very careful". "But we can't do it alone".

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

"There are some pretty strong views", Portman said.

"Take the guns first, go through due process second", he said.

"Is anyone ok with this, because I'm sure as hell not", Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted on Thursday.

The minimum buying age for handguns is already 21.

An NRA spokesperson said of the meeting that while it "made for great TV, the gun-control proposals discussed would make for bad policy".

"I don't know yet whether that was just a performance or whether that is actually the new position of the White House", said Sen.

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