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Trump: 'Take the Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second'

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By    |   Thursday, 01 March 2018 08:15 AM

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asserted that due process should be shelved in some cases in order to first confiscate guns from a mentally unfit individual, like the confessed Florida school shooter who killed 17 on Valentine's Day.

Trump made the startling comment during Wednesday's school safety and gun violence powwow at the White House with a bipartisan group of lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence.

It was Pence who was talking about due process when it comes to potentially dangerous individuals when Trump jumped in.

"I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man's case that just took place in Florida ... to go to court would have taken a long time," Trump told the gathering.

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

At another point during the meeting, Trump asserted he doesn't want "mentally ill people to be having guns," earning a response from Sen. Chuck Grassley that many people with mental illness "are not a danger" and should not be the subject of any policy that restricts their rights.

The NRA wasn't too impressed with Trump's stance or anything else that came out of the meeting.

"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.

Neither was conservative Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. 

"We're not ditching any constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn't like them," Sasse was quoted by CNN.

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