Prominent Dem claims 'every gun owner' understands his background check bill

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators yesterday said they would try to revive a failed 2013 bill to close loopholes on the law requiring gun sale background checks, but were awaiting word on whether President Donald Trump will support their effort.

Since then, however, President Donald Trump has given mixed messages on whether he might support legislation expanding background checks.

As senators struggle to vote on anything, House Democrats are voting on more and stepped-up ideas, today moving bills through committee to limit high-capacity magazines and support more red flag laws, allowing law enforcement to take weapons from anyone thought to be unsafe.

"Today, we will consider three more measures that would help prevent the tragic gun violence that has engulfed this nation in recent years".

The committee considered the legislation in the wake of an August in which 53 people were killed in mass shootings in the US, according to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY.

Manchin, referring to Trump, said, "We're going to know hopefully by tomorrow if there's something we can all agree on".

Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Gun Violence Prevention Policy at the Center for American Progress, said she believes there has been significant progress since Congress came back to town.

Democrats are also pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up House-passed legislation that would expand background checks to cover virtually all gun sales and to extend the time that federally-licensed dealers must wait to hear back from the Federal Bureau of Investigation before proceeding with a sale.

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"It's really 'Gun Sense, ' if you think about it", Trump stated, suggesting that any invoice lawmakers give you ought to bear that title.

"I think that we have seen since the shootings that happened over the summer that the Senate leadership is starting to feel pressure on this issue", Parsons said. Trump, he noted, had long ago said he would veto the House-passed background check bill.

"Thousands of people, thousands of children have died since Sen".

"He is very engaged and he would like to accomplish something", said Toomey.

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, joined other Republicans who criticized the "red flag" gun bills, saying the law would violate due process rights of gun owners.

"This is the kind of thing where you might actually have to have a vote to find out where the votes are", Toomey said.

Pat Toomey is making an attempt to revive his bipartisan history verify bill with West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

But Sen Christopher S Murphy, D-Conn, who is also involved in the talks, said he was concerned the effort could collapse if Republicans demanded a package of measures, as opposed to a stand-alone vote on a background check bill.

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