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Trump and the NRA Are Going to Talk About Gun Control

Trump tweeted Wednesday that he plans to meet up with the group to discuss (maybe) blocking suspected terrorists from buying guns.

by VICE Staff
Jun 16 2016, 1:48pm

Photo via Flickr users Gage Skidmore and Sean Savage

Photo via Flickr users Gage Skidmore and Sean Savage

The National Rifle Association may have endorsed Donald Trump back in May, but the enormously powerful lobbying group is still getting used to his freewheeling style.

Until now, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has sounded like your standard-fare pro-gun candidate, opposing stricter regulation even in the wake of last weekend's tragic mass shooting in Orlando. (Trump shifted his focus to his proposed Muslim immigration ban.) But a tweet on Wednesday from Trump indicated he plans to meet with the NRA about the question of blocking the sale of firearms to people on the feds' suspected terrorist watchlist, as CNN reports.

The NRA responded on its site, suggesting it'd be happy to meet with the Donald, but isn't willing to accept any kind of "outright ban," even if the buyer is a suspected terrorist.

The closest the group will come to agreeing to any real regulation, as far as its latest statement goes, is to say that "anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing." But the group also said that "due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed."

The debate surrounding the sale of guns to possible terror suspects has been thrust back into the spotlight following the Orlando LGBTQ nightclub attack, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

While the shooter, Omar Mateen, was not on the no-fly list nor officially a suspected terrorist at the time of the incident, he had been under FBI scrutiny twice and still managed to purchase multiple guns just days before carrying out his attack.