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

GOP senator scolds Trump: We have due process 'for a reason'
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Longer sentences won’t stop the opioid epidemic Overnight Finance: Trump floats entering Pacific trade pact he once called 'a disaster' | Senators worry over Mulvaney's power at consumer bureau | Battle for CFPB control heads to appeals court | House fails to pass balanced budget amendment MORE (R-Neb.) on Wednesday pushed back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report 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.