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Trump waffles on new gun background checks after chat with NRA chief


Added 08-21-19 03:25:01pm EST - “Trump carefully said he was only considering closing "loopholes" that could allow mentally ill people to buy guns, not universal background checks for all gun purchases.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Trump waffles on new gun background checks after chat with NRA chief”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump is holstering plans to tighten gun regulations after having a conversation with the head of the National Rifle Association.

Trump carefully said he was only considering closing “loopholes” that could allow mentally ill people to buy guns, not universal background checks for all gun purchases.

“We have background checks but there are loopholes in the background checks," Trump told reporters Wednesday. “And that’s what I spoke to the NRA about."

The president denied that he had promised NRA chief Wayne LaPierre that he would give up a push for new background check laws after the mass shootings earlier this month that killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

He suggested that Congressional Democrats would likely make any change difficult by proposing tougher new regulations.

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