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White House confirms Trump supports raising the age limit for certain firearms

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Tuesday that President Trump "supports raising the age limit to 21 for the purchase of certain firearms," despite the NRA rejecting the proposal over the weekend.

While Sanders declined to go into specifics, she had said Monday that "the president is planning a meeting for Wednesday with bipartisan members of Congress ... to discuss different pieces of legislation and what they can do moving forward." She anticipated "some specific policy proposals later this week."

Questions about Trump's resolve arose after a congressional source told CNN on Monday that the president is "moving back" from the idea of raising the age limit. The debate follows the deaths of 17 students and teachers at a Parkland, Florida, high school at the hands of a 19-year-old gunman who legally purchased an AR-15.

"Half of you are afraid of the NRA," Trump told state governors at the White House on Monday, urging: "We have to fight them every once in a while — that's okay."