Trump talks gun safety with bipartisan trio of senators



But he refused to specify on what.

President Trump on Wednesday said he was making progress negotiating with senators from both sides of the aisle on a measure he proposed calling the "Gun Sense Bill". The original bill would have exempted checks on gun sales or gifts among family members and friends. "If this is a movement by the Democrats to take your guns away, it's never going to happen".

With a majority of voters favoring background check legislation, Democrats are hoping to underscore the sharp differences between them and Republicans at a time when, according to a new Gallup poll, almost half of Americans worry that they or a family member could become victims of a mass shooting. That proposal is broader than Toomey's proposal.

"Just when you think you've seen it all the children will pay for the president's wall", Pelosi said.

The issue assumed new urgency after another mass shooting at the end of August in Texas.

Still, the White House meeting reflected increased pressure for Congress to act following the spate of mass shootings that killed dozens of people. The Justice Department also prepared a package of options that was delivered to the White House more than two weeks ago.

Gun control presents a particularly sticky political situation for Republicans and moderate Democrats in red states, as the National Rifle Association - which adamantly opposes gun control measures under consideration - still wields substantial influence despite its own internal upheaval. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

But Republicans voted down proposals by the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Chris Murphy of CT, on Wednesday.

Trump has stated he supported more hard background tests, however has also backed far off from that stance.

Republicans say a budget deal reached before the recess now appears in doubt after Senate Democrats on Tuesday insisted on an amendment to block Trump's Title X rule, which prohibits funds for health care providers who share information about abortion. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is close to Trump, signaled Thursday that he is open to expanding background checks.

When asked about the timeline for a presidential decision, specifically, Manchin said, "Tomorrow ..."

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

Andrew Patrick, media director of the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, said he believes the change among GOP senators is being driven by the public's shift in the politics of the issue. And the President has not ruled it out.

But polls show some of the measures under active consideration are highly-politically popular.

They joined nine other Democratic governors in creating a letter to the president and Republican Senate Greater part Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump and Republican leaders from the House and Senate met at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.

The red flag legislation that the committee voted on Tuesday would set up a federal grant program to incentivize states to establish red flag laws - otherwise known as extreme risk protection orders, which enable a court to intervene and temporarily prevent someone who is in crisis from having access to a firearm.