President Trump said Wednesday he favors taking guns away from people who might commit violence before going through legal due process in the courts, one of many startling comments he made in a rambling White House meeting created to hash out school safety legislation with a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Gun legislation has lost momentum in Congress as Republican leaders showed little interest in pursuing stricter gun control laws.
Trump tweeted after meeting with the gun lobby group Thursday.
During a White House discussion on Wednesday with Democrats and Republicans to brainstorm proposals to curb gun violence after 17 people were killed on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Trump reacted to a question about violence movies and video games.
A day later, with Republicans still trying to make sense of the president's preferences, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will shelve gun legislation for now.More news: Draymond Green thinks James Harden MVP is coming, then Anthony Davis
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, one of the leading lawmakers working on a proposal to update the criminal background check system, shared similar concerns Wednesday after the meeting adjourned.
Tonight at 11/10c, Trump handles a meeting with lawmakers about guns like a drunk uncle at a wedding.
But Trump will still play a critical role in determining whether enough Republicans are willing to come to the table on guns, Manchin and others said. But during the bipartisan meeting Trump said he liked the Fix NICS legislation but wanted "it much more comprehensive".
During the meeting Wednesday, the president and lawmakers hashed out ideas for gun control legislation in response to the shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Miami last month.
Trump on Wednesday seemed to back several measures that are opposed by the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby that backed his 2016 candidacy, including raising the legal gun buying age to 21 from 18.
But he left the issue in the lap of Congress, and did not say how hard he would twist arms in his party to advance measures that many Americans passionately view as infringing on their constitutional right to own guns.More news: INX Media case: Karti in CBI custody for 3 more days
The president has already sparked outrage over his decision to meet with the NRA behind closed doors. "Respect 2nd Amendment." As a candidate, Trump promised that he would support the NRA.
"Fascinating, since I assume the President told them about the support for universal background checks, raising age for rifle purchases, and protective orders he announced on TV yesterday", Sen.
He also accused Sen.
"Hey, I'm the biggest fan of the Second Amendment", Mr Trump said, adding that he had told NRA officials it was time to act.
Most stunningly of all, he advocated something that can only be described as gun-grabbing: If law enforcement suspects someone of posing a threat, the president said, officers should confiscate that person's weapons.
But "you'll never get it passed", Mr Trump told politicians, reminding them that Democratic senators, including some in the room, strongly oppose it. "The U.S. Background Check Bill, or whatever", Trump said. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and other Republican members with being "afraid of the NRA".More news: Late fitness test for star; Benitez without trio vs Southampton
Toomey said Thursday that Trump called him to express support for the background checks bill "as the core legislative vehicle" for what Congress does on guns.
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