Fox's Ed Henry to Trump: 'Are you willing to stand up to the NRA?'

Fox's Ed Henry to Trump: 'Are you willing to stand up to the NRA?'
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Fox News's Ed Henry in an interview that aired Thursday asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE if he would be willing to "stand up to the NRA [National Rifle Association] and other Republicans" on gun legislation. 

Trump responded that he will do so "if it's not going to hurt a good, solid, great American citizen from keeping his weapon." 

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Trump is mulling what kind of legislation to back in response to a seemingly unending series of mass shootings in the United States. 

An informal proposal on background checks circulated through GOP Senate offices on Wednesday, but generally received a cool reception. The proposal was floated by Attorney General William Barr, who made it clear it did not have the president's support. 

Henry, in an interview conducted near the U.S. border during Trump's visit to California on Wednesday, said the president has noted his high support within the GOP.

"So, are you willing to stand up to the NRA and other Republicans and say, look, we're going to meet — we're going to do something?" Henry said, referring to gun legislation. 

"I am, if it's not going to hurt a good, solid, great American citizen from keeping his weapon because they want that and they are entitled to that," Trump answered. 

"We have a Second Amendment. I don't want to have crazy people have guns, I don't want to have bad people have guns, but we're going to do nothing to hurt the Second Amendment, and what we want to do is see if we can come up with a compromise and that's what we're working on," Trump said. 

Trump criticized Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE's recent comments about confiscating AK-47s and AR-15s.

"Part of the problem that we have is because of Beto O'Rourke's statement about taking away guns," he said. "A lot of the Republicans and some Democrats now are afraid to do anything to go down that slippery slope. A lot of people think this is just a way of taking away guns. And that's not good. Because we're not going to allow that."

"Look, I'm a very strong believer in the Second Amendment," Trump added. "We're going to protect our Second Amendment. We have plenty of ideas."