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NRA's Dana Loesch: Raising Gun-Buying Age a 'No Go'

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NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 22. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:37 PM

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday that President Donald Trump's call for raising the age limit for buying certain guns is a "no go" — but said the association backed local school districts deciding on whether to arm certain personnel.

"This is something the NRA opposes," Loesch told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "This would be penalizing millions of young adults for something they didn't do.

"We're talking about putting their liberty on the chopping block and holding them responsible for the incompetency of the government," she said.

President Trump has called for raising the age for certain guns from 18 to 21 and for "hardening" school by arming school personnel since last month's high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and injured 14 others.

The NRA has repeatedly stated its opposition to raising the gun-buying age since the Parkland attack.

Loesch also resisted Trump's call during a White House listening session Wednesday to first seize guns from mentally ill people and then seek due process later.

"We want to make sure we're not stripping constitutional rights from people without making sure they have their day in court," she told Cooper.

"This is a cornerstone that we have to respect people's due process."

However, Loesch said that schools should provide armed personnel "if parents and schools determine if they that's best for their school district.

"Then, they should have the freedom and sovereignty to make that choice," she added. "This is something everyone is talking about.

"We live in an era where it seems evil can go unaccounted for.

"We have to protect our kids and teachers."

Later, Chris Cox, NRA's chief lobbyist, tweeted that he had met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, calling it "a great meeting."

"We all want safe schools, mental-health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people," Cox said, adding Trump and Pence "support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control."

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President Donald Trump's call for raising the age limit for buying certain guns is a "no go" for the NRA, which would back local school districts deciding on whether to arm certain personnel, spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday.
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