Florida Sen. Marco Rubio moved today to give law enforcement and families the ability to confiscate guns from persons with severe mental illnesses.
The Republican lawmaker said he will be introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate that allows for 'Gun Violence Restraining Orders' that require a court order. The measure would also extend to the purchase of firearms.
'And to be clear, the due process in such a situation would be on the front end, not on the back end,' Rubio said in a floor speech on Thursday as he attempted to mitigate conservatives' concerns that the measure would be an infringement on the Second Amendment.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio moved today to give law enforcement and families the ability to confiscate guns from persons with severe mental illnesses
The president created panic when told legislators, including Rubio, yesterday that firearms should be taken away from persons showing serious signs of mental illness before due process has been afforded to them.
'Allow due process, so that no one’s rights are trampled,' Vice President Mike Pence had said. 'But the ability to go to court, obtain an order, and then collect not only the firearms, but any weapons in the possession of that individual.'
Trump replied, 'Or, Mike, take the firearms first and then go to court, because that’s another system. Because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures.
'I like taking the guns early,' the president added, 'like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. He had a lot of firearms. They saw everything. To go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.'
Republicans on Capitol Hill were shocked by Trump's position.
According to The Weekly Standard, Sen. Jeff Flake's immediate response was, 'Uhh ... Well, any proposal we put forward respects due process, so ...'
Sen. Thom Tillis offered that Trump is 'not a legal scholar' and that's probably not 'exactly what he meant.'
'I don't think that he was saying that there's a place where you suspend the Constitution and suspend due process. I just don't believe that,' Tillis said.
In a statement, GOP Sen. Ben Sasse ripped Trump for shifting his positions, depending on what was last said to him.
'Strong leaders don't automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them. We have the Second Amendment and due process of law for a reason,' Sasse, who shares the same party with Trump but often counters him, said. 'We're not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to