Trump consults adult sons on possible gun reforms: report

Trump consults adult sons on possible gun reforms: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE consulted with his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE and Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll Eric, Lara Trump welcome second baby Trump tweets photo of Trump Tower in Greenland: 'I promise not to do this' MORE, over Presidents Day weekend about how to address gun violence in the U.S. following the deadly high school shooting in Florida.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Trump spoke with his sons, both avid hunters, while at Mar-a-Lago over the holiday weekend. The Post reported that Trump Jr. and Eric Trump told their father he has flexibility as president to address Republican lawmakers and the National Rifle Association (NRA) about passing common-sense gun control laws.

The conversation came after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 14 others injured. 


Trump Jr. and his brother are avid big game hunters and NRA advocates, having been photographed in 2015 alongside a number of African big game trophies including elephant tails and leopards.

Trump Jr. commented on the photos on Twitter at the time, remarking to a critic: "I can assure you it was not wasteful the villagers were so happy for the meat which they don't often get to eat. Very grateful."

The president held a listening session at the White House on Wednesday with parents of victims as well as survivors of the shooting. Trump remarked that his administration would take action where previous presidents had done little or nothing.

“Some of your suggestions — I’ve heard some of them. We’re going to do something about this horrible situation that’s going on,” Trump said. “I want to listen. And then after I listen, we’re going to get things done.”

Trump has mentioned background checks and raising the age required to purchase a rifle as two provisions he hopes he can achieve in bipartisan legislation reforming the nation's gun laws.

“We’re going to be very strong on background checks,” Trump said Wednesday. “There are many ideas I have, there are many ideas that other people have, and we’re going to pick out the strongest ideas, the most important ideas.”

“It’s not going to be talk like it has been in the past,” he added.