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NRA on Trump's Gun Meeting: 'Great TV,' But 'Bad Policy'

NRA on Trump's Gun Meeting: 'Great TV,' But 'Bad Policy'
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By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:42 PM EST

The National Rifle Association Wednesday pounced on a bipartisan meeting on gun safety between President Donald Trump and lawmakers, saying it illustrated "great TV" but "bad policy," The Hill reported.

During the bipartisan meeting, Trump bucked GOP orthodoxy on guns multiple times.

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

The president also suggested raising the age for buying an assault rifle, which the NRA opposes. Additionally, Trump urged lawmakers not to include concealed-carry language in their legislation — something the NRA views as one of its top priorities, The Hill reported.

"While [Wednesday's] meeting made for great TV, the gun control proposals discussed would make for bad policy that would not keep our children safe," NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said in a statement to The Hill.

"Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic, our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies."

Baker said they can start by fixing the broken mental health system, strengthening background checks to ensure the records of people banned from possessing firearms are in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, securing schools, and preventing access to firearms for mentally ill individuals deemed dangerous, The Hill reported.

In a separate statement, Baker said the NRA has always supported efforts to keep schools safe and firearms out of the hands of people who are dangerous to themselves and others.

"Whether you love or hate firearms, we all want to send our children to safe schools and to live in safe communities," she said, The Hill reported.

But Baker argues it can be accomplished without "shifting the focus, blame or burden onto safe, law-abiding gun owners."

"Doing everything we can as a nation to address the problem of dangerous people committing heinous acts is not inconsistent with the Second Amendment — the systemic failures of government to keep us safe reinforces the need for the Second Amendment," she said, The Hill reported.

"We will continue to support legislative efforts to make our schools and communities safe and oppose gun control schemes that cannot keep us safe and only punish law-abiding Americans."

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President Donald Trump's meeting with lawmakers illustrated "great TV" but "bad policy," according to the NRA, The Hill reported.
nra, school safety, bump stocks ban, florida shooting
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:42 PM
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