Your All-in-One Guide to Gun Background Checks

Cheryl Sanders
September 12, 2019

Many Democrats are demanding Senate passage of a House of Representatives bill approved in February that would have tightened controls on gun sales while providing narrow exemptions, such as certain sales of gifts between spouses.

Rep Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 House Republican, said that gun violence was discussed at the meeting but suggested that Republicans were more interested in making the existing background check system "work better" than they were in expanding it.

Later, the congresswoman said, "I truly believe that the moral crisis is that the guns have become our God", adding, "Guns have become the means by which we solve all of our problems, have become our authority". "Until that happens, all of this is theatrics".

The Senate's top Democrat - Sen.

Congressional Democrats vow to prioritize gun legislation

The bitter back-and-forth in the Senate left the fate of gun safety legislation murky, with Trump sending mixed signals about where he stands.

"Shame on him", he said, his voice rising.

McConnell has said on multiple occasions that he will not put anything on the floor that the president has already vowed to veto.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., whose bipartisan gun bill with Sen.


In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 89 percent support background checks for all gun purchases, including private and gun show sales; and 86 percent back "red flag" laws allowing the police to take guns from individuals found by a judge to be a danger. "I don't think there's any reason to give up yet and I don't intend to".

In December, 2012, a shooter killed 26 people, including 20 young children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

But some Republicans have criticized the bill for being too far-reaching.

Republicans pledged to support "sensible" legislation on guns but denounced the Democratic legislation as fatally flawed and a risk to gun owner rights under the Second Amendment of the Constitution. "This is open to discussion", Toomey added.


"Don't inquire me what we haven't done".

Manchin was referring to legislation he and Sen.

A House panel on Tuesday voted to advance new gun legislation, as lawmakers in both parties tried to figure how far President Trump is willing to go on the issue in the wake of last month's deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Toomey said some newly elected Republicans were open to his measure and that other Republicans who previously voted against it were rethinking their positions. And they agree with McConnell's strategy - saying it's practical to wait and see what the president decides to do. Toomey, whose bill fell to a filibuster in 2013, said he has spoken with Trump about a half-dozen times and described the president as "very engaged". "At the end of the day he has to sign whatever we send to him".


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