President Donald Trump speaks at CPAC 2018.
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President Donald Trump said that when it comes to the mentally ill he was ok with taking the guns first and to let due process come later which contradicted Vice President Mike Pence’s prior remarks.

“Take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump said during a televised bipartisan meeting with legislators on Wednesday. “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. 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.”

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), who wasn’t at the meeting, blasted the President’s remarks.

“Strong leaders don’t automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them. We have the Second Amendment and due process of law for a reason. We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn’t like them,” Sasse said.

During the meeting, Trump also indicated that he would support raising the age of buying a rifle from 18 to 21-years of age, strengthening background checks, and he shot down a proposed amendment to a comprehensive bill that would make concealed carry permits reciprocal between states saying it would make the broader bill unpassable.

The National Rifle Association balked at the ideas discussed at today’s meeting.

“While today’s meeting made for great TV, the gun-control proposals discussed would make for bad policy that would not keep our children safe. Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic, our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said in a released statement.

3 comments
  1. It’s not that complicated. An individual having first hand knowledge of a potentially dangerous person with weapons could file a verified (sworn to) written application (using a standard form) with a local judge or magistrate setting out the grounds for immediate seizure of the weapons. If the court is satisfied with the application, it would set a date for hearing within 5 days of the application and issue an order to law enforcement to seize the weapons. The owner would be served with a copy of the application and the order, including the date, time, and place of hearing The law enforcement agency would need to file a return of service, along with an inventory of the seized weapons within 24 hours of the seizure. The applicant must appear at the hearing and provide clear and convincing evidence by sworn testimony of the threat, including any documentary or pictorial evidence. The gun owner owner would have opportunity to rebut the allegations. If the applicant carries the burden of proof, the court would extend the seizure order for 21 days following the hearing. If the applicant fails to show up for the hearing, the court orders return of the weapons. If the owner fails to show up, the court extends the seizure for 21 days. Depending on the circumstances, the seizure order could be extended for an additional 21 days. The procedure would be similar to the procedure for a mental health commitment.

  2. Same ol’ democrat don! As expected, although admittedly slowly, with some red herring positions he’s never held before becomming a counterfeit republican, he’s turning back to the same socialist democrat he’s always been.

    On record, Sunday, 15 June 2015:
    –Ban guns
    –“We must give them a pathway to Citizenship (donated to 5 of the Gang of 8 Amnesty purveyors)”
    –Disastrous, leftist, international protectionist policy that has caused recessions and the Great Depression
    –Government healthcare; single payer healthcare, like Scotland, ‘Canada and Australia’

    What’s he done, now?
    –Proposed ban on those allowed to vote and serve owning guns for an inexplicable age limit of 21
    –Proposed: Offered “…pathway to Citizenship…”; reanimated the Scheme Act defeated, killed by Cruz and Sessions
    –Stupid comments have gutted the executive branch’s authority to control flow of threats imported from countries that have threatened to infiltrate and attack us from within
    –Caused the derailment of “the wall” an idea he gleaned from interviewing Candidate, Cruz while posing as a prospective donor, with the patently absurd claim that Mexico would pay for it and convoluding the issue
    –Derailed Repeal of the (un)Affordable Care(less) Act (fraud) by demanding a government controlled healthcare to replace government controlled healthcare. Republicans voted it down 51 times before democrat don switched sides, partway, advancing his own socialist policy. Before, it was Repeal and Repeat, not fake repeal and fake replace. Proposed: fake replacement, not an element of Republican Repeal
    –$1.5 Trillion Stimulus by the same name: “Infrastructure,” what the hussein-obama administration called it before “shovel ready jobs” and larger than the hussein-obamas’ and the clintons’ proposed stimulus combined, partially getting it in the budget
    –Proposed: $868 Billion ($.9 Trillion) taxpayer paid daycare and parental time off, removing it from employers in the free market as incentive, on the agenda
    –Current $1.6 Trillion deficit in student loan delinquency? Forgive it, “at some point”
    –Take the guns and worry about due process, later

    Told you!

    What would Cruz do? Not any of this mess!

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