Trump: No ‘Battle’ with NRA; ‘They Want to Do the Right Thing’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is introduced with Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, at the National Rifle Association's NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The NRA endorsed Trump …
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President Trump, during a meeting with teachers and law enforcement officials, said he is not in a battle with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and indicated the organization just wants “to do the right thing.”

Trump has been vocal about wanting to raise the minimum age to purchase long guns from 18 years to 21, but the NRA opposes the move.

CNN quoted the NRA’s Jennifer Baker:

“Federal Law prohibits adults under the age of 21 from purchasing a handgun from a licensed firearm dealer. Legislative proposals that prevent law-abiding adults aged 18-20 years old from acquiring rifles and shotguns effectively prohibits them for purchasing any firearm, thus depriving them of their constitutional right to self-protection.”

Trump was questioned about the difference between his position and that of the NRA and he assured everyone it “is not a battle.”

The president said:

I don’t think I’ll be going up against them. I really think the NRA wants to do what’s right. I mean, they’re very close to me. I’m very close to them. They’re very, very great people. They love this country. They’re patriots. The NRA wants to do the right thing. I’ve spoken to them often in the last two days, and they want to do the right thing. They’re going to do the right thing. I have no doubt in my mind.

Trump is pursuing “comprehensive background checks,” an increase in the minimum age for long gun purchases, and a ban on bump stocks.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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