During a meeting with a number of anti-gun Senators, including Dianne Feinstein and Chris Murphy, President Donald Trump opined to Vice President Mike Pence that we should confiscate guns from those deemed too dangerous to own one, and that their guns should be taken before they are sent to court.
His statement mirrors that of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who stated that when his officers decide that someone is too dangerous to own a gun, they should be able to immediately take them away.
WATCH: President Trump: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second." pic.twitter.com/aydEZdAGq0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2018
In response, people on both sides of the gun argument criticized Trump. To many, this transcends the gun issue, and in their minds is a dangerous proposal due to the due process implications behind it.
So Trump just literally proposed gun-grabbing without due process. Yeah, this is going awesome.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 28, 2018
Donald Trump, today: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second."
This statement violates his oath of office.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 28, 2018
Trump: “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
Everybody's talking about Trump's new position on guns, but I'm much more concerned with his new position on due process.
— Bob Toomey (@bob_toomey) February 28, 2018
It is unclear how a proposal of this magnitude would fare in Congress. Many on the Republican and Democrat side are likely to oppose it, but with the support of President Trump, it has the possibility to make its way into law, especially if it is used in a compromise proposal.