President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants Congress to pass a ban on “high-capacity” ammunition magazines, calling for the federal government to “total, unbinding and unboundedly” tighten gun laws.
“I am calling for total unmitigation of the assault weapons ban,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News’ David Muir.
“And then we have to do it through a total un-mitigation and unbinding of the high-capacity magazines.”
Trump said he’s also calling for a “total and unbundled” ban on high-caliber ammunition clips.
The president, a Democrat who won the November election on a promise to ban firearms in America, said he is calling for “unbinding” of the ban, and a ban “unlike anything we have ever seen” on guns.
“We’re going to put a big stop to the high capacity ammunition clips, which we’re going be un-bundling, unbundling,” Trump told ABC News.
“There are other places we can do that.”
Trump was responding to questions from Muir about his proposal to ban high-calibre ammunition clips in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
He told ABC he believes the ban on the clips will be “unwavering” and will “have a massive impact on crime.”
The president said he also wants Congress “to completely unburden” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with a task force to make sure the “guns are being taken off the streets.”
“I don’t want to have them running around with clips on their hands,” Trump continued.
“It’s a very dangerous situation.”
The NRA also released a statement saying the president is not right about the ammunition clips ban, noting that the president wants to impose a blanket ban on all guns and ammunition and has already done so.
“President Trump is right to call for an end to the assault weapon ban, but not the highcapacity magazines ban, which has been in place for years and is the only proven gun safety measure,” said Chris Cox, the NRA’s executive vice president.
“This ban has already proven to be ineffective and dangerous.
President Trump is also wrong to call the high magazine limits ‘unbundled,’ because Congress has already enacted similar legislation to prevent the importation of high-powered weapons and ammunition.”
The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the assault rifle ban last year, but the measure failed to make it to Trump’s desk.
“In an effort to limit gun violence, Congress passed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which the president should immediately sign into law,” Cox said.
“Congress should also end the ban for high-end weapons and magazines and ensure that the ban does not apply to the most dangerous high-performance weapons.”
Muir, the ABC News anchor, noted that the assault rifles ban was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
The NRA’s statement was issued following Trump’s comments.
“The President’s call for universal background checks and universal ammunition restrictions is just the latest example of the President’s dangerous anti-gun agenda,” said John Feinblatt, the executive vice chairman of the NRA.
“He’s proposing a national gun registry, a universal background check system, a ban that will not work and an endless stream of restrictions on our Second Amendment rights.”
The President said he would seek to repeal both the assault-style rifles ban and the high magazines ban in his first 100 days in office.
Trump’s proposals come after he called for a ban last month on all gun sales to people convicted of domestic violence or stalking.
The ban is scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2019.
Trump also called for universal gun registration and background checks during a White House press conference in January.
“If we’re not able to do the checks, we’re doing it ourselves,” Trump announced at the time.
“You’re going in the background and it’s going to be very difficult to keep track of all of those people.
And they’re not going to come back.”
In February, Trump signed an executive order that includes a ban and “universal background check” for all gun transactions.
“To keep our guns off the street, to keep our people safe, we need to take all the guns off our streets,” Trump explained.
“So, I’m going to do all the things I’m doing.”
The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News’s request for comment.
The Senate is scheduled for a vote on a gun control package in the coming weeks.
In an interview Tuesday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Trump to make a “final push” on the assault guns ban, saying it’s “something that I think has to be done.”
“It was the right thing to do.
It was a very strong, clear position on the president,” Schumer said. Trump has