UPDATED 10:13 AM PT — Thursday, August 8, 2019
President Trump received a stern warning from NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. According to recent reports, the NRA chief reminded the president during a phone call Tuesday that moving to increase gun control would not sit well with his supporters. This comes after the president suggested he’s open to working with Congress toward legislation for tougher gun background checks.
“I am open and ready to listen and discuss all ideas that will actually work ,and make a very big difference,” he stated. “Republicans and Democrats have proven that we can join together in a bipartisan fashion to address this plague.”
President Trump has also said he’s in favor of ‘red flag’ laws to ensure those who are judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms.
“I think background checks are important, I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people — I don’t want to,” said President Trump.
The NRA has previously expressed support for the concept of ‘red flag’ laws, but have yet to back any of these type of laws passed on the state level. The organization has stated they are still waiting for legislation that strongly guarantee .the protection of the Second Amendment and due process rights.