- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The White House expressed skepticism Wednesday about the sincerity of Donald Trump’s move to meet with the National Rifle Association to push for a ban on firearms purchases by people on the government’s terror watch list.

“It’s unclear at this point exactly what his intentions are,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of Mr. Trump.

But he added, “We would welcome support from anybody, including the presumptive Republican nominee,” for the additional restriction on buying a gun.

Democrats and a few Republican lawmakers are raising calls this week to impose the so-called “no-fly, no-buy” restrictions on gun purchases in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando by a radicalized Muslim gunman that left 49 dead and 53 wounded.

Mr. Earnest said virtually every Republican senator “is on the record protecting a loophole” that allows people on the no-fly list to buy a firearm.

“It’s too early to tell at this point whether or not Republicans have changed their position … and mustered some courage to stand up to the NRA,” Mr. Earnest said.

The president’s spokesman also rejected the merits of an earlier proposal by Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, that would give the attorney general the authority to impose a 72-hour delay for people on the terror watch list seeking to purchase a gun.

Mr. Earnest said the proposal, which Democrats rejected last year, would “do very little” to prevent people on the no-fly list from buying a gun.

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