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Gop Gun Plan Labeled ‘Absurd’

Democratic lawmakers joined gun-control advocates Thursday in attacking a new Republican proposal to restore a federal program that allows felons to petition to regain their gun privileges.

A National Rifle Association official defended the program.

“This program erodes public safety and directly undercuts other crime-control efforts,” Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., told a news conference. “No one - not even the NRA can make a strong case for criminals owning guns.”

Sarah Brady, the chairwoman of Handgun Control Inc., said, “I find this unconscionable. I also find it absolutely absurd.”

Joe Phillips, the NRA’s director of federal affairs, said felons seeking to regain their firearms privileges “should at least have the opportunity to have their particular cases examined.”

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Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage

UPDATED: 8:21 p.m.

An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration’s border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S. “will not be a migrant camp” on his watch.