NRA on Trump meeting: Great TV, but 'bad policy'

Source: The Hill | February 28, 2018 | Lydia Wheeler

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Wednesday issued a blistering statement criticizing a meeting held by President Trump and lawmakers to discuss gun proposals in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

During the bipartisan meeting, Trump said guns should be taken from dangerous individuals even if it violates due process rights and suggested lawmakers remove a concealed carry measure from a bipartisan background checks bill.

The measure, which would allow concealed weapons to be carried over state lines, is a top NRA priority.

“While today’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 who are prohibited from possessing firearms are in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, securing our schools and preventing mentally ill individuals deemed dangerous from accessing firearms.

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