FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at a trade show in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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As President Donald Trump talked this week about banning "bump stocks" and curbing young people's access to guns, the gun owners and advocates who helped propel his political rise talked about desertion and betrayal.Trump's flirtation with a set of modest gun control measures drew swift condemnation from gun groups, hunters and sportsmen who banked on the president to be a stalwart opponent to any new gun restrictions. "Out in the firearms community there is a great feeling of betrayal and abandonment, because of the support he was given in his campaign for president," Tony Fabian, president of the Colorado Sports Shooting Association, said Friday.The comments highlight how little room the president and his party have to maneuver without angering and activating the politically powerful gun rights community. Trump has not yet formally proposed any legislative plan and he spent much of the week endorsing the notion of arming teachers and school officials -- a plan the gun lobby supports. After 17 people were killed by a teenager, Trump declared that assault rifles should be kept out of the hands of anyone under 21 .Trump's call to restrict bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre triggered outrage among gun owners.
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