Not surprisingly, the NRA was pretty quick to respond to President Trump’s “confiscate guns first, due process later” comments. They drew a sharp line between laws that might actually help make people safer and those that don’t help but only punish and violate the rights of law-abiding citizens. You can read their full reply at the link. Also note that Trump seems to realize he misspoke and backtracked by tweeting that some ideas at that meeting were “not so good,” and we have to protect the Second Amendment.
Some analysts suggested that he mistakenly used the term “due process,” and if someone made a report of a potential threat and the authorities got a restraining order that allows them to take that person’s guns, then that is due process. Challenging it to get the guns back is the next step of due process, and Trump might have been thinking of that.
It goes to show that when Presidents speak about issues as fundamental and contentious as Second Amendment rights, they have to be very clear and precise. If not, the NRA is there to do the clarifying, which is actually one of the most useful functions it provides.
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