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Trump says he is convinced Senate leader wants background checks bill

Trump says he is convinced Senate leader wants background checks bill”

In the wake of recent mass shootings, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back into session to pass background checks legislation that previously passed out of the Democratic-controlled House, but McConnell has resisted those calls.

Ryan said, "The legislation we have at the Senate has the support of 80 to 90% of the American people, over 70% of hunters and gun owners support a universal background check".

Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday as he departed for Pennsylvania he's "convinced that Mitch wants to do something".

The Democratic push on gun control comes after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, propelled the wide availability of guns in the United States back to the forefront of political debate.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is expected to formally petition President Trump to withdraw his request for $5 billion in border-wall funding and redirect the funds to combat "the dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism".

"We know exactly why he isn't here", Beyer said. He added, "He wants to do background checks and I do too".

Hoyer said the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee will consider gun control legislation, though he stopped short of saying they would hold votes.

A Senate version that would exempt from background checks all gun transfers, including sales between close family members, was also under consideration, the sources said.

Trump provided no specifics and it was unclear how tough a background check measure Republicans might consider.

Mr. Trump said Tuesday he thinks Mr. McConnell "wants to do something". He said the panel could discuss measures banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and making it easier for authorities to confiscate guns from unstable people.

A source familiar with Mr. Schumer's plans said he'll suggest the $5 billion Mr. Trump requested in his fiscal year 2020 budget should be canceled and instead used to expand Homeland Security's programs to counter violent extremists, to bolster the FBI's domestic terrorism investigations and to fund gun violence research.

Patrick Crusius, 21, accused of the El Paso shootings, has told authorities he was targeting Mexicans.



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