Fox News reports that Trump and the NRA are “in agreement” on the no-fly list as long as Americans are offered due process rights. —>
Following Donald Trump’s private meeting with the NRA, Fox News’ Carl Cameron reported on 6/16 that the two sides are “essentially in agreement” on the no-gun no-fly list.
As it stands, the no-fly list is a dangerous threat to civil liberties due to regular Americans being arbitrarily added without due process. The list would necessitate a complete overhaul to be considered remotely constitutional.
In a 6/15 appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” Fox News telecast, Trump was not specific about his views on the no-fly list. “I’m going to be looking at it very, very seriously,” he said. “The terror watchlist, the no-fly list. I’m going to be talking to the NRA about that and starting a dialogue…A number of people have brought this to my attention and I understand why we should be discussing it.”
NRA representatives have publicly opposed the list in the past but Cameron confirmed on Thursday’s edition of “America’s Newsroom” that “there’s really not very much of a dispute” between Trump and the NRA. “The NRA says if you are on the no-fly list you shouldn’t be able to buy. No-fly, no-buy.”
“But there is an exception to that no-fly list,” he said. “There are often people who are put on it who are removed from it because they shouldn’t have been on it in the first place. It was a confused name or a juxtaposed letter in a name…and so the NRA is concerned that those people put on the no-fly list and then get removed from it should have their prohibition of buying guns.”
The NRA released a statement on 6/15 revealing that they were looking forward to meeting with Trump.
“The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist.”
The organization then referenced their biggest concern regarding the list:
“At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed.”
As of press time it is unclear what the consensus was following that crucial meeting. However, it is highly likely that Trump will either clarify his view on this matter shortly or guarantee that the terror watch-list will be revised under his administration to offer security while protecting the Fifth Amendment rights of law abiding Americans.