At a White House roundtable discussion about possible gun control regulations after the shooting at a Florida high school on February 14th, Senator Pat Toomey was discussing a bill proposed by himself and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin when President Donald Trump pushed back against some portions of the bill.
The bill would require background check for gun sales online and at gun shows, but would not raise the age to buy long guns. President Trump has been pushing for an increase in the age from 18 to 21, the requirement to purchase handguns.
When Toomey said the bill does not address that, Trump responded saying “You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA.”
During the meeting, Trump went after the NRA at times for their stance on raising the age requirement.
“I can say the NRA is opposed to it. These are great patriots. They love our country, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree on it,” Trump said.
Toomey defended the fact the increase is not in the bill on a phone call with reporters.
“The majority of 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds who purchase long guns do so for hunting or target shooting. That’s why they have a rifle or a shotgun. The way I look at it, is it good policy to deny law-abiding, 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds the option to buy a long gun? I remain skeptical. I’m not convinced the benefits outweigh the costs,” Toomey said according to the Post-Gazette.
You can view video of the roundtable from the Associated Press below.