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Donald Trump rues US lawmakers are 'too fearful' of National Rifle Association to take action against gun laws

Washington: President Donald Trump is accusing some lawmakers of being too fearful of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to take action on gun laws.

File image of Donald Trump. AP

File image of Donald Trump. AP

Trump issued the charge on Wednesday during a meeting with Democrats and Republicans, in which he called for substantial changes in gun laws.

The president said he favors a "comprehensive" approach to addressing violence like the shooting at a Florida high school, although he offered no specific details. He appeared to support expanded background checks, endorses increased school security and mental health resources, and reaffirms support for raising the age to 21 for purchasing some firearms.

Trump also mentioned arming teachers, and said his administration, not Congress, would ban bump-stock devices that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons.

He says he's told NRA officials that it's time to act.

Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 13:28 PM

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