On Wednesday, President Trump criticized Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) for not raising the age limit to the purchase of certain weapons in a bipartisan gun control bill.
Trump accused Toomey of “being afraid of the NRA.”
During a gun control and school safety meeting at the White House, Trump asked both Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) if they included raising the age limit for some gun purchases in the gun control bill they co-sponsored.
Toomey said, “We didn’t address that, Mr. President.”
In 2013, Toomey and Manchin introduced a bipartisan bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases.
The bill failed in the Senate, however, after five red- and purple-state Democrats voted against it.
Last week, Toomey vowed to reintroduce the legislation, claiming that there is “a shot at getting a little bit of momentum” for the bill.
The proposal comes as various other gun control proposals have been introduced in the weeks after the deadly school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.
Trump has endorsed increasing the minimum age for some gun purchases from 18 to 21.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has also supported the measure.
This past weekend, the National Rifle Association (NRA) pressed Trump not to raise the legal age for purchasing guns.
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Credit: The Hill