Trump in Talks With Key Senators on Gun Control Bill

Henrietta Brewer
August 16, 2019

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

Democrats are now pressing for Senate action on a House bill known as H.R. 8 that would expand background checks by closing a loophole that allows as many as one-fifth of gun sales over the internet and at gun shows to go unchecked.

Separately, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Trump to divert $5 billion he's wanted to build his wall along the southern border to investigating domestic terrorism and conducting research on gun violence.

"We continue to work to find common ground, but as I told the President, we can't get a bill if he and the GOP give the gun lobby veto power", Murphy tweeted of their discussion. He joined The Show for a few minutes to talk about that and other items.

A House Judiciary spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "He's totally on board, he said 'I've been waiting for your call, '" Trump told reporters August 9 before leaving the White House for his summer retreat in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The president has supported some gun control legislation such as a ban on bump stocks, but it is not clear how strong his support for background checks is. He said afterward he did not know what date the committee would return or what bills it would consider. Instead, he has instructed the chairs of three Senate committees to work on legislation that can be debated when lawmakers return from their recess on September 9.

President Trump is calling for "meaningful background checks" to keep firearms out of the hands of risky individuals.

McConnell "wants to do background checks".

The Hill quoted Anthony Brown (D-MD) saying, "Meaningful action doesn't end with signing a bipartisan background checks bill, which is important". The House version exempts only loans and gifts between close relatives. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to discuss legislation to create a more stringent background-check process for gun purchases.

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