GOP senator scolds Trump: We have due process 'for a reason'

GOP senator scolds Trump: We have due process 'for a reason'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseChristine Todd Whitman: Trump should step down over Putin press conference GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki GOP senator: Senate should be 'disgusted' by Helsinki summit MORE (R-Neb.) on Wednesday pushed back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE’s comments that law enforcement should take away certain people’s firearms, even if it violates their rights to due process.

“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,” Sasse said in a statement.

“We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the president talked to today doesn’t like them,” he added.

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During a meeting Wednesday afternoon with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence, Trump voiced support for “taking guns early” from potentially dangerous individuals, arguing it takes too long to go through a court.

“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said.

Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that families and local law enforcement should have more tools to report potentially dangerous individuals with weapons. 

“Allow due process so 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,” Pence said.

"Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court," Trump responded.

Sasse was not invited to the meeting, which came in response to a shooting earlier this month at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead.

During the meeting, Trump clashed on multiple occasions with Republican lawmakers in attendance. He called for banning bump stocks, and pushed back on including a concealed carry reciprocity measure in any background check bill.

Sasse has previously condemned Trump's rhetoric on certain issues, including his treatment of the press.