Before Trump’s wild shifts on the NRA, Ronald Reagan took on the gun lobbyBreaking News
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President Trump floored Republican lawmakers Wednesday when he embraced gun restrictions during a televised meeting at the White House, putting him at odds with his own party and with the National Rifle Association.
But it wasn’t the first time a powerful GOP voice defied the gun lobby.
On May 3, 1994, Ronald Reagan and two other former presidents sent a letter to House members, urging them to support a controversial ban on lethal, military-style assault weapons. At the time, President Clinton was battling Republicans, conservative Democrats and the NRA to pass a bill barring many semiautomatic rifles.
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