A bipartisan group of members of Congress joined President Trump at the White House Wednesday afternoon for a conversation about gun control and school safety. The televised meeting went on for about an hour.
President Trump surprised many listeners by strongly endorsing universal background checks, raising the age of gun purchase from 18-21, and revealing that he has lawyers drafting an executive order to ban bump stocks.
He also again mentioned his lunch with the leaders of the National Rifle Association over the weekend, saying: "I am the biggest fan of the Second Amendment. I am a big fan of the NRA. I had lunch with [them] on Sunday and I said, 'It's time, we're gonna stop this nonsense this time.'"
"I am the biggest fan of the Second Amendment. I am a big fan of the NRA. I had lunch with (them) on Sunday and I said, 'It's time, we're gonna stop this nonsense this time,'"" Trump said. "It can be ended and it will be ended," he also said.
The president held similar on-camera meetings last week with victims, survivors, and parents of school shootings and a bipartisan group of governors.
Remarkably, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has not been invited to the meeting, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
.@SenBillNelson clearly frustrated that the WH did not invite him to the bipartisan meeting on guns today. "I don't know why I wasn't invited... And of course that doesn't foster bipartisanship when you're trying to solve a problem," he told ABC.— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) February 28, 2018
Trump strongly supported the idea of restricting mentally ill people from buying weapons and even mentioned confiscation of weapons with "due process second."
"Take the firearms first," Trump said. "Take the guns first, go through due process second."
PENCE: Allow due process, so that no one's rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order, and then collect not only the firearms, but any weapons in the possession of that individual.
TRUMP: Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court. Because that's another system. Because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures -- I like taking the guns early. Like in this crazy man's case that just took place in Florida, he had a lot of firearms (ph). They saw everything -- to go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you're saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.
TRUMP: Well, we have to do something about the mentally ill not being able to buy a gun. I mean, they have so many checks and balances that you can be mentally ill and it takes you six months before you can prohibit it. So, we have to do something very decisive.
Number one, you can take the guns away immediately from people that you can adjudge easily are mentally ill, like this guy. The police saw that he was problem, they didn't take any guns away. Now that could have been policing. I think they should have taken them away anyway, whether they had the right on not.
But, I'll tell you this, you have to have very strong provisions for the mentally ill. Now a lot of people are saying, oh I shouldn't be saying that. I tell you what, I don't want mentally ill people to be having guns.