WH: Trump Thinks Raising Age for Semi-Automatic Weapon Purchases More Likely on State Level

By Melanie Arter | March 2, 2018 | 5:00pm EST
President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump still supports raising the minimum age for buying a semi-automatic weapon to 21, but it’s something he thinks would have more potential at the state level rather than at the federal level, the White House said Thursday.

“Conceptually, he still supports raising the age to 21, but he also knows there's not a lot of broad support for that, but that's something he would support," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during an off-camera gaggle.

When asked whether raising the age would be something done at the state level or on the federal level, Sanders said, “I think he thinks it would probably have more potential in the states than it would at the federal level."

Trump met Thursday with officials with the National Rifle Association.

When asked whether he made specific promises to NRA officials during the meeting, Sanders said, “Only that he'll continue to support the Second Amendment. That's not something that he's backed away from. The background check system is something that he's still very much interested in improving."

When asked if the president is interested in expanding background checks for all gun purchases, Sanders said, "Not necessarily universal background checks, but certainly improving the background check system. He wants to see what that legislation, the final piece of it looks like.

“Universal means something different to a lot of people. He certainly wants to focus and improve on the background check system. In terms of what legislation, as of right now he supports the Cornyn legislation," she said.

Trump could go beyond the Cornyn-Murphy bill, Sanders said, "but we'll see what the legislation looks like."


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