Federal Gun Control Legislation (2013)

Trump surprises GOP lawmakers in backing some tougher gun controls

Trump surprises GOP lawmakers in backing some tougher gun controls

President Donald Trump upended modest Republican gun-control proposals and defied the National Rifle Association during a freewheeling session with lawmakers Wednesday that the president said should yield comprehensive restrictions "on the strong side."

But in the televised meeting at the White House, Trump sent so many mixed signals about what he envisioned for a package on firearms and school safety that he left Democrats gleeful and Republicans tight-lipped amid doubts that Congress would produce any legislation.

"We want to pass something great, and to me the something great has to be where we prevent it from happening again," Trump said, referring to...

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