On Wednesday Donald Trump announced he is going to meet with the NRA to discuss gun control.Trump has described himself as pro gun but this move has many Republicans worried.
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.
Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s executive director for its Institute of Legislative Action said the following in a statement as reported by CNN:
Cox also stated the NRA has called for “due process protections” for “law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watch list to be removed.” Trump has stated in the past he is opposed to any further restrictions on gun rights so this development is in contrast to that.
The NRA’s position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watch list who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing.
Many Republicans side with the NRA and oppose the push to pass a measure to ban gun sales to those on the terror watch list. They argue it would violate individuals’ Constitutional right to bear arms and a lot of people are mistakenly added to the list and should not be subject to a broad prohibition.