As Trump hints on guns, Congress eyes post-Orlando debate


WASHINGTON: With US Democrats demanding action on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to reduce violence following the Orlando massacre, Republican Donald Trump signaled openness to legislation preventing terror suspects from purchasing firearms, a flicker of bipartisanship in a toxic presidential campaign. The presumptive Republican nominee said he hoped to address banning people on terror watch lists from buying guns, a modulation of his steadfast gun-right stance he exhibited throughout the campaign, when he regularly voiced support for the constitutionally enshrined right to bear arms. Following attacks including the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday that killed 49 at a gay nightclub, Trump has argued that deaths could have been prevented if private citizens had been armed and able to shoot back. But when it was learned that the Orlando shooter legally purchased guns in Florida after he had been investigated for terror connections and reportedly placed on a watch list, Trump spoke out about the prospect of closing the so-called “terror gap.” “I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.



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