Trump Voices Hopes GOP, NRA Will Back Gun Reforms, Despite Uncertain Path

8/9/19
 
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from The Wall Street Journal,
8/9/19:

President says he is optimistic he and Congress ‘can get something good done’ following mass shootings.

The House passed background-check bills earlier this year, but they haven’t been taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said they told Mr. Trump on a phone call Thursday that the best way forward was for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to have the Senate take up their background-check bills and for the president to sign them into law.

Mr. McConnell said in a radio interview Thursday that at least two types of proposals would be “front and center” in the Senate’s deliberations: measures to expand background checks and to extend grants to states enacting what are known as “red-flag laws” temporarily blocking dangerous people’s access to guns. Mr. McConnell didn’t endorse a specific policy or commit to immediately calling back lawmakers to debate the measures.

The president said Mr. McConnell is “totally on board” with his commitment to passing gun reforms, but Mr. McConnell’s office reiterated Friday that he hadn’t embraced a specific proposal.

In his remarks on background checks, it isn’t clear whether Mr. Trump was referring specifically to a proposal to expand background checks to include online gun sales and transactions at gun shows, or to red-flag laws. Congressional Republicans have expressed more support in recent days for the latter idea than the former. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for clarification.

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