Trump to meet with NRA to limit gun availability

The Presidential hopeful has made some major announcements since the Orlando shooting last week

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, USA | Image: Mark Humphrey/AP/Press Association Images

In the days following the murder of 49 people in a gay club in Orlando, Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has made some major announcements, many of which have been seen to be at odds with his previous stance.

On Wednesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to announce his plans for potential gun ownership going forward: 

However, Trump had met with NRA Executive Director Chris Cox just the day before in New York, and the issues involving gun ownership restrictions based of the terror watch lists apparently were not raised.

On Monday, Trump gave a speech at St. Anselm College's Institute of Politics in New Hampshire, and made several statements about his support of the LGBTQ+ community, while attacking his opponent Hillary Clinton's stance on the topics.

“It is a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation. It is an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity. [...] She can’t have it both ways. She can’t claim to be supportive of these communities while trying to increase the number of people coming in who want to oppress them.”

However, these statements regarding both the NRA and the LGBTQ+ community have already caused some backlash among both his followers and his non-supporters.

Richard Socarides, a lawyer and former Clinton White House adviser, told Bloomberg Politics: "Never once during the primaries did Trump express support LGBT equality. Now, using a Teleprompter and reading a speech someone wrote for him, he's changing his tune. No gay person I know will buy it.”

Meanwhile, Richard Feldman, a former NRA lobbyist who maintains deep roots in gun-rights politics, told the Wall Street Journal that Trump floating new gun restrictions is “playing with fire with the gun people”.