Trump again meets with NRA amid possible differences

President Donald Trump meets with members of Congress Wednesday to discuss gun safety. The president also met with the NRA Thursday evening to continue the discussion. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

By Susan McFarland – UPI

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met again with National Rifle Association lobbyists at the White House late Thursday, the second time in less than a week the president has met with the controversial group.

The meeting came one day after Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss gun control.

“Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!” Trump tweeted.

NRA executive director Chris Cox also tweeted about the meeting, “We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. [Trump and Pence] support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control.”

Trump said Wednesday he supports expanding background checks and raising the age limit for certain rifle purchases, something the NRA opposes.

“Fascinating, since I assume the President told them about the support for universal background checks, raising age for rifle purchases, and protective orders he announced on TV yesterday,” Sen. Chris Murphy. D-Conn., said in a tweet.

During the meeting Wednesday, the president and lawmakers hashed out ideas for gun control legislation in response to the shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Miami last month.