Trump’s backtrack on gun control has begun

President Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House on Monday that “we’re going to do very strong background checks” for gun buyers and that his administration is “getting rid” of bump stocks, but conspicuously absent from Trump’s remarks was any mention of raising the minimum purchasing age for rifles to 21.

The president last week endorsed a higher age requirement as part of a trio of gun-control measures and said Saturday night on Fox News that “it doesn’t seem to make sense that you have to wait until you’re 21 years old to get a pistol, but to get a gun like this maniac used in the school [in Parkland, Fla.], you get that at 18. I mean that doesn’t make sense and, frankly, I explained that to the NRA.”

At Monday’s news briefing, CBS’s Margaret Brennan noted that Trump had not said anything similar to the governors earlier in the day and asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether the president still wants to raise the age limit.

“Something’s still being discussed, but a final determination and legislative piece has not been determined on that front yet,” Sanders replied.

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