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President Donald Trump said Friday that congressional leaders are talking about new “meaningful background checks” for gun buyers – but with input from the National Rifle Association and other gun groups that oppose current legislative proposals.

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“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,” Trump said in a pair of tweets, adding that “guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people.”

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