Hoyer cautions Senate against 'cop-out' approach on gun safety legislation

Kathryn Gamble

Kathryn Gamble

Schumer's office said Tuesday he will formally request the funding go toward research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and bolstering Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation programs to counter extremism and domestic terrorism. McConnell and other Republican senators have spent more time discussing legislation to provide grants for states to adopt so-called red flag laws that would allow the courts to temporarily seize firearms from individuals determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

WASHINGTON-Democrats sought to pressure President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans on August 13 to support an aggressive background check legislation.

Publically McConnell has only committed to launching into a discussion of the issue with the GOP-controlled Senate returns from recess next month.

Trump previously vowed to veto the bills, saying they infringed on Second Amendment rights, but he has said in recent days that he would like to see the passage of background-check legislation.

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Trump has voiced support for some form of background check expansion, though in an address on the mass shootings, he focused on mental illness, the internet, and video games as potential causes. "I don't know frankly that the Democrats will get us there".

However, some experts are pouring cold water on the rhetoric, pointing out after the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida the president at first gave indications he would back tightening background checks for those who purchase guns only to back away, NBC reported.

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. The House version exempts only loans and gifts between close relatives.

"I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something", Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart New Jersey for an event in Pittsburgh. He added, "He wants to do background checks and I do too". According to CNN, "several conservative allies and Republican lawmakers have privately voiced opposition to his push for background checks, claiming they wouldn't have stopped the shootings in Dayton and El Paso".

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