Shortly after more than 30 people were killed in a pair of mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump announced that it was time the country enacted gun control legislation to curb the violence.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump is making good on that word and is continuing to personally meet with lawmakers to pass gun control legislation—though no specifics have been offered.
“White House officials have been quietly meeting with aides to Republican and Democratic senators on gun control legislation, and President Trump is personally involved,” the Washington Examiner reports.
"I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something … he wants to do background checks and I do too," President Trump said yesterday.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 14, 2019
Staffers for Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have been in talks with Joe Grogan’s Domestic Policy Council and White House legislative affairs Director Eric Ueland, according to Politico. All three senators have also spoken privately with President Trump.
Aides to Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, have also communicated with the White House.
President Trump initially pitched increased background checks before shifting his idea towards red flag laws. These laws would allow family members and friends of a person with a gun to report them if they believed the person could kill themselves or another person with the weapon.
“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,” Trump said in a tweet last week. “I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected.”
“Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” he continued. “Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!”
….mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019
Here’s even more from the Washington Examiner:
House Democrats passed a bill in February that goes a step further by banning private sales from non-licensed dealers, excluding some family transactions and loans. The House bill, however, has little Republican support.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will consider legislation on background checks and “red flag” laws, which would allow law enforcement to take guns away from people considered dangerous, when it returns from its August recess.