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    Trump Goes Gun Grabber, Prompting White House Clean-Up

    Trump Goes Gun Grabber, Prompting White House Clean-Up

    The president on Wednesday took a handful of distinctly un-Republican positions on guns—including saying police should dispense with due process and just ‘take the guns first.’

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    In 2016, NRA-endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump won the presidency after many months of insisting that his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton was going to grab your guns.

    In February 2018, President Trump publicly called for a subversion of due process, and for the government to “take the guns first.”


    During a televised meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, the president and assembled legislators spent the hour riffing on ideas for securing schools and curtailing gun violence in America.

    Trump ping-ponged between various policy positions and postures, invariably making unforced interjections that would make his staunchest pro-gun supporters cringe.


    When Vice President Mike Pence talked about how those who are a “danger to themselves or others” should have their firearms taken away, but also afforded due process, the president jumped in to one-up Pence.

    “Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,”
    Trump said, breaking with his own vice president on live TV. “Because that's another system.

    Because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures.”


    The president continued, sounding like the caricature of “gun-grabbing” Democrats he’d once warned against: “I like taking the guns early. Like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida… To go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you're saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.


    White House spokespeople did not immediately respond to questions on whether or not this was now the official position of the Trump White House.

    However, two administration officials told The Daily Beast that aides were already preparing “clarifications” for future statements or briefings in anticipation of being asked if the president wants to take away people’s guns without due process.


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    The comment did, however, rankle some feathers among Republican lawmakers. “Before you take away someone’s gun, they’re entitled to due process,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), a Trump ally, told The Daily Beast.

    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who has been critical of Trump, released a scathing statement suggesting that the president was exhibiting weak leadership skills.


    “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. “We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the president talked to today doesn’t like them.”


    Trump’s gun-grabbing moment, of course, would be another addition to the ongoing trend of senior Trump aides claiming after the fact that the president did not say what he, in fact, said publicly.


    “It’s to the effect of: the president was not talking about violating anyone’s rights, he was talking about keeping guns out of the hands of violent, mentally unstable people and criminals,” one official said, explaining what a canned response would look like.


    In the course of an hour, Trump cast aside other key pillars of Republican orthodoxy on gun rights.

    He endorsed legislation first pushed by the Obama White House to expand federal background checks for private gun sales, shot down GOP efforts to expand the rights of concealed carry permit-holders, and even suggested reviving a Democratic measure to ban “assault weapons.”


    Trump wanted everyone in the room to be, in his words, “very, very powerful on background checks.”


    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has pushed an assault-weapons ban for years, was visibly giddy as the president suggested including that measure in congressional gun-control legislation. “We’re gonna get it passed,” the president then declared.


    For Trump, it was a reversion to positions he held nearly two decades ago. In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump wrote, “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”


    After returning to the Capitol, Democrats who attended the meeting were elated but cautious that the president could renege on his promises like he did on immigration, when he promised to sign whatever legislation Congress sends him.


    “He didn’t mince words about it. I don’t understand how, then, he could back away from that,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said. “I don’t know how much clearer he could have been.”


    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said the onus is on Trump to deliver GOP votes on a comprehensive background-checks bill.


    “He asked why nothing has happened. The reason why nothing has happened is because Republicans have given the NRA veto power on background-checks legislation,” Murphy said. “If the president is the deal maker, the closer that he claims to be, then he will deliver Republican votes on a background checks bill.”

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    including saying police should dispense with due process and just ‘take the guns first.’
    Some states have a temporary restraining order process for certain situations where threats have been made or occurred that allows this when there are incidents that seem to warrant it even when no charges are pressed or arrests made. This is what he was talking about.
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    The president on Wednesday took a handful of distinctly un-Republican positions on guns—including saying police should dispense with due process and just ‘take the guns first.’
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Some states have a temporary restraining order process for certain situations where threats have been made or occurred that allows this when there are incidents that seem to warrant it even when no charges are pressed or arrests made. This is what he was talking about.
    That's not what he said. Personally, I don't find assuming what one is thinking to be a good practice. Say what you mean and mean what you say, but don't assume we're mind readers, Mr. President.
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    That was the issue that had been discussed earlier in the meeting and throughout the week by all types of Republicans and Democrats. People familiar with the whole meeting and the whole discussion of possible solutions would know exactly what he's talking about. It's already law in a number of states. I don't know that I agree with it, perhaps in a domestic violence situation or in a terrorism/mass shooting threat, it might make a difference. I also see where it could be abused as well. I also see where the person would have other guns stashed the police don't know about, so they might have stopped it for an hour or a day, but not in the end.
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    Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess

    It is common practice to set legal ages for activities that require maturity such as voting, driving, and drinking alcohol. Purchasing and possessing a firearm necessitate the same, or greater, ability to act responsibly, and data shows that young adults account for a disproportionate number of gun homicides and suicides. By strengthening our minimum age laws for purchasing and possessing firearms, we will help protect our young people and the public at large from all too common tragedies.

    BACKGROUND

    Laws imposing minimum age requirements for the possession and purchase of firearms are intended to decrease access to firearms by young people and, correspondingly, to decrease the number of suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings among that population.

    • In 2014, 21,101 people under the age of 21 were shot by guns. 3,265 died from those gunshot wounds.1.)) Of these deaths, 1,925 were classified as homicides, 1,145 as suicides, and 122 as the result of unintentional shootings;2
    • Firearms were used in 41% of suicide deaths among individuals under age 21 in 2014.3


    Laws that prohibit unsupervised possession or purchase of firearms by children and young people can prevent tragedies.
    Based on data from the FBI, 18- to 24-year-olds account for a disproportionate percentage of arrests for homicide and violent crime in general.4 A survey of convicted gun offenders in 13 states found that nearly a quarter of them would have been prohibited from obtaining firearms at the time of the crime if the minimum legal age for possessing any type of firearm was 21 years.5 Yet, as described below, federal law and the laws in most states continue to allow unsupervised access to firearms by individuals in these age groups.6


    Additional information about laws preventing child access to firearms is included in our summary on Child Access Prevention.


    SUMMARY OF FEDERAL LAW


    Federal law in this area distinguishes between long guns (rifles and shotguns) and handguns, and between gun possession and gun sales. Federal law also provides stronger age restrictions for sales by licensed gun sellers.

    MINIMUM AGE FOR GUN SALES AND TRANSFERS


    Under federal law – Handguns Long Guns (Rifles and Shotguns)
    Licensed firearms dealers Dealers may not sell or deliver a handgun or ammunition for a handgun to any person the dealer has reasonable cause to believe is under age 21.7 Dealers may not sell or deliver a long gun, or ammunition for a long gun, to any person the dealer knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under age 18.8
    Unlicensed persons Unlicensed persons may not sell, deliver or otherwise transfer a handgun or handgun ammunition to any person the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under age 18, with certain exceptions*.9 Unlicensed persons may sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a long gun or long gun ammunition to a person of any age.

    Minimum Age for Gun Possession: Subject to limited exceptions*, federal law prohibits the possession of a handgun or handgun ammunition by any person under the age of 18.10 Federal law provides no minimum age for the possession of long guns or long gun ammunition.
    *Exceptions: Federal law provides exceptions for the temporary transfer and possession of handguns and handgun ammunition for specified activities, including employment, ranching, farming, target practice and hunting.11

    SUMMARY OF STATE LAW


    Several states and the District of Columbia impose minimum age requirements that extend beyond those contained in federal law. Those laws generally fall into four categories:

    • Laws imposing a stricter minimum age for handgun purchases than federal law;
    • Laws imposing a minimum age for all long gun purchases, from licensed or unlicensed sellers;
    • Laws imposing age requirements for possession of handguns that are stricter than federal law; and
    • Laws imposing a minimum age for possession of long guns.


    Additional information about laws preventing child access to firearms is included in our summary on Child Access Prevention.


    STATE MINIMUM AGE LAWS THAT EXTEND BEYOND FEDERAL LAW


    State Purchase of a Handgun Purchase of a Long Gun12 Possession of a Handgun Possession of a Long Gun
    Alabama
    Alaska 1813 16 (without parental consent)14
    Arizona 18 (without parental consent)15 1816
    Arkansas 18 (without parental consent)17
    California 2118 1819
    Colorado
    Connecticut 2120 1821 2122
    Delaware 2123 18 (without parental consent)24
    D.C. 2125 1826 2127 21 or 18 with parental consent28
    Florida 1829 1830
    Georgia
    Hawaii 2131 2132 2133 2134
    Idaho 18 (without parental consent)35 18 (without parental consent or hunting license, or while hunting)36
    Illinois 2137 2138 2139 2140
    Indiana 1841
    Iowa 2142 18 (without parental consent)43 2144 1845
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana 1846
    Maine 16 for transfers, 18 for sales47
    Maryland 2148 1849 2150
    Massachusetts 2151 1852 2153 15 (with parental consent) or 1854
    Michigan 1855 1856
    Minnesota 18 in cities (without parental consent) or 14 outside cities (without parental consent)57 14 (with firearms safety certificate), otherwise 1658
    Mississippi
    Missouri 18 (without parental consent)59
    Montana
    Nebraska 2160 1861
    Nevada62 1863
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey 2164 18 N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2C:39-10e., 2C:58-6.1a, 2C:58-3c(4).)) 2165 1866
    New Mexico 1967
    New York 2168 2169 1670
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio 2171 1872
    Oklahoma 1873 1874
    Oregon 1875 18 (without parental consent)76
    Pennsylvania 1877 1878
    Rhode Island 2179 1880 1881
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas 18 (without parental consent)82
    Utah 18 (without parental consent)83 18 (without parental consent)84
    Vermont 1685
    Virginia
    Washington 21 (for possession outside private property)86 1887
    West Virginia 18 (except in hunting)88
    Wisconsin 1889 1890
    Wyoming 2191 1892


    STATE LAWS GOVERNING MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE AND POSSESS FIREARMS

    For citations to these laws, please see the chart above.

    States Imposing Minimum Age Requirements for All Firearm Purchases


    Although federal law prohibits licensed dealers from selling long guns to persons under 18, there is no federal regulation of the sale of long guns by unlicensed dealers to minors. Similarly, while federal law prohibits handgun sales by licensed dealers to persons under 21, unlicensed dealers are prohibited only from selling handguns to persons under 18. As listed above, many states have imposed a minimum age for the purchase of all firearms, including both handguns and long guns, regardless of whether they are purchased from a licensed firearms dealer.

    States with Stricter Minimum Age Requirements for Possession of Handguns than Federal Law


    Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Washington, and the District of Columbia impose minimum age requirements for the possession of handguns which are stricter than the federal minimum of 18.93

    States Imposing Minimum Age Requirements for Possession of Long Guns


    While federal law prohibits federally licensed firearms dealers from selling a long gun to anyone under 18, there is no federal minimum age for possession of a long gun. Twenty-three states have enacted laws to at least partially close this gap, and impose a minimum age at which persons can possess long guns. Many of these laws contain exceptions which allow younger children to possess long guns where the minor’s parent or guardian is present, or when the minor is engaged in hunting or target shooting.

    SELECTED LOCAL LAW


    New York City

    In New York City, however, no person under age 21 may be granted a permit or license to purchase, possess or carry any firearm, with certain exceptions. It is also unlawful to transfer a firearm to any person under age 21 unless he or she is exempted. A person under 21 may carry, fire or use a rifle or shotgun without being subject to the permit requirement if he or she is in the presence of, or under the direct supervision of, a permit holder, or engaged in a military drill, competition, or target practice at a firing range.94

    KEY LEGISLATIVE ELEMENTS


    The features listed below are intended to provide a framework from which policy options may be considered. A jurisdiction considering new legislation should consult with counsel.

    • Minimum age of 21 is imposed for all handgun sales, from licensed or unlicensed sellers (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, District of Columbia).
    • Minimum age of 18 is imposed for all long gun sales, from licensed or unlicensed sellers (22 states and the District of Columbia).
    • Minimum age of 21 is imposed for possession of handguns (Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia).
    • Minimum age of 18 is imposed for possession of long guns (16 states and the District of Columbia).
    • Younger teens are allowed to possess long guns only under direct adult supervision.


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    Trump: Take guns 'early' without going to court first

    President Trump says law enforcement officers should "take the firearms first and then go to court" when responding to reports about potentially dangerous individuals.

    Going to court to get a warrant to take someone's weapons "would have taken a long time," Trump says.

    Vice President Pence said a proposal for obtaining warrants to seize weapons should "allow due process" before Trump cut him off.

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for seizing guns "early" from potentially dangerous people without having to first obtain a court order.

    "I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man's case that just took place in Florida," Trump said at a White House roundtable discussion with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on school safety and gun policy reform.

    "To go to court would have taken a long time," Trump said.

    Trump made the suggestion after Vice President Mike Pence suggested that new gun policies should "give families and local law enforcement ... the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapon" from a potentially dangerous individual.

    Pence made sure to note that any such proposal should "allow due process." But Trump, interrupting his Cabinet ally, suggested that law enforcement officials should "take the firearms first and then go to court."

    Pence was speaking about so-called gun violence restraining orders, a policy that has gained support from some conservatives as a way to act against potential mass shooters without compromising the protections of the Second Amendment.

    The exchange between the two leaders of the Executive branch came amid a wide-ranging discussion on how lawmakers should proceed in crafting new gun policies after a gunman wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle killed 17 students and adults at a Florida high school in February.

    The meeting included 10 senators and seven U.S. representatives of both major political parties.

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    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/28/trum...e-process.html

    Click on the link and listen to the dialogue. Trump is saying when there is probable cause to take the guns such as like in the Cruz case, get the guns, then work out a court order through due process. This would protect the person from lies, mischief, fraud, dishonesty and so forth, but errs on the side of caution. I can see the wisdom of it, still not sure I support it, but it's a reasonable suggestion.

    Lets say the FBI went down there, the Sheriff went there, everyone go go's to the Cruz location, to do what? He hasn't done anything yet you can arrest him for, now what? He just says oh I was just joking, I was just kidding around, oh they were threatening me and I was mad and spouted off tough talk back to defend myself, they're just trying to steal my inheritance, blah, blah, blah, blah. Now what? Trump is saying, there's been a serious probable cause complaint, take the guns and hold them, then go to court and work it out. But you'd have to get them all, getting 1 or 2 of the stash isn't going to solve the problem. He can go buy more illegally or steal them, too.

    So, there's no easy solutions to this, but maybe some improvements across several fronts will make a difference. I sure hope so.
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    JD2 excerpt:

    Laws that prohibit unsupervised possession or purchase of firearms by children and young people can prevent tragedies.Based on data from the FBI, 18- to 24-year-olds account for a disproportionate percentage of arrests for homicide and violent crime in general.4 A survey of convicted gun offenders in 13 states found that nearly a quarter of them would have been prohibited from obtaining firearms at the time of the crime if the minimum legal age for possessing any type of firearm was 21 years.5 Yet, as described below, federal law and the laws in most states continue to allow unsupervised access to firearms by individuals in these age groups.6
    I'm not buying this argument because most of those shootings were probably done by drug dealers, gang-bangers, etc. who were probably already felons and were not legally allowed to own a gun. Secondly, most of these shootings were done with handguns, which you already have to be 21 to purchase. When you start closely inspecting the details of these arguments they all end up being very weak. Criminals are going to get and possess guns, regardless of the age requirement.

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    Some states have a temporary restraining order process for certain situations where threats have been made or occurred that allows this when there are incidents that seem to warrant it even when no charges are pressed or arrests made. This is what he was talking about.
    I agree. I can't read his mind, but I don't think he was referring to skipping due process in the long term.

    Let's face it, although we supposedly "presume innocence" until proven guilty, We put people in jail, demand bail for some to get out (extortion), all in advance of a trial! The presumption is of guilt! If you can't make bail, you may remain in prison until trial. If the verdict is guilty, the court may give credit for time served. So it is presumed a punishment. However, if the verdict is Not Guilty, you get no compensation for the time you were punished for something you didn't do. If you pay bail, you are not compensated for the cost of a bond, if you opt for that, or compensated for interest or other income you forfeit from not having possession of that money.

    Since this is our policy, it is certainly in keeping with that policy to confiscate weapons from someone suspect until a determination can be made. Our problem is abusing that authority for convenience.
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