Trump, NRA Agree to Discuss Terrorists and Guns

VOA News

NRA16_7580The National Rifle Association said it will be “happy” to meet with Donald Trump to discuss gun control in the aftermath of the most deadly shooting in U.S. history.

Earlier, Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, announced via Twitter he would meet with the gun rights organization.

“I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watchlist, or no fly list, to buy guns,” he wrote.

NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox said the group has consistently opposed allowing terrorists to lawfully buy guns in the United States.

He said, “Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing.”

Cox said the government should be allowed to block the sale of guns and arrest individuals if evidence points to terrorist activity.

Trump did not say when or where he would meet with the NRA.

Trump’s announcement comes as the Republican Party attempts to respond to Saturday’s nightclub massacre of 49 people in the southeastern city of Orlando, Florida.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, had been investigated twice by the FBI and was on its terrorist watchlist for 10 months before being removed.


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