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Trump Breaks With NRA, Endorses Raising Gun Age To 21

Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump broke with the National Rifle Association to endorse raising the federal minimum age for purchasing a rifle to 21, in a Thursday tweet.

Trump directed attorney general Jeff Sessions Wednesday to begin the process to ban “bump stocks” which simulate the action of a machine gun for semi-automatic rifles and has spoken in the past about bolstering the FBI’s background check system. These actions by and large have been supported by the NRA.

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The NRA came out strongly against raising the federal minimum age for rifle purchasers Wednesday saying “passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals.”

The law would essentially deprive “them of their constitutional right to self-protection,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker continued. The president hosted a Wednesday listening session with survivors and families of school shootings to hear ideas from those directly effected on how to mitigate school shootings and bolster school safety.

Trump appeared to endorse armed teachers in schools during the session and on twitter the following day.

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