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Ben Sasse rips Trump after he said, 'take the guns first, go through due process second'

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On Wednesday, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., decried President Trump's recent remarks that the government should carry out a weapons ban first, then work out the matter in the courts. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Ben Sasse questioned President Trump's ability to be a "strong" leader after the commander in chief suggested Wednesday that he's open to confiscating guns from dangerous people and worrying about due process "second."

“Strong leaders don't automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them," the Republican senator from Nebraska said in a brief statement. "We have the Second Amendment and due process of law for a reason. We're not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn’t like them."

Trump made the comment while meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers for a discussion on gun control. He disagreed with Vice President Mike Pence’s statement that no one’s rights should be trampled in gun control legislation.

“Take the firearms first and then go to court,” Trump said. “Because that’s another system — a lot of times by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures.” He added, “I like taking the guns early. Like, in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. He had a lot of firearms, they saw everything. To go to court would have taken a long time. You could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.”

There have been renewed calls of late for some form of gun control measures following a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead and several more injured.

Trump expressed openness to a bill with comprehensive background checks and fixes to the FBI’s instant background check system. He also seemed to support the idea of raising the legal buying age for a rifle purchase from 18 to 21.

Last week, Trump renewed his stated commitment to the Second Amendment at the Conservative Political Action Conference and warned that Democrats "will take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen.”