Trump says progress being made on gun legislation

Trump says progress being made on gun legislation

And Trump, in remarks to reporters Wednesday, said he is in meetings with senators from both sides of the aisle to come up with what he called a "gun-sense" bill.

"Our best chance of success would be to broaden background checks to include commercial gun sales", such as those conducted over the internet and at gun shows, Toomey said.

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 risky.

He met with Republican leaders about gun violence today.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen.

"We're going to take a look at a lot of different things, ' he said".

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.

The bill still needs to be voted on by the full House to advance and the Republican-controlled Senate has not said what gun control legislation, if any, it would accept.

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The bills considered in the House this week would ban the sale, possession or manufacture of high-capacity magazines; prohibit those convicted of a hate crime from getting a gun; and give states funding to enforce a federal law requiring that police take firearms from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Trump has stated he supported more hard background tests, however has also backed far off from that stance. "Shame on him. There are people who died". Toomey, whose bill fell to a filibuster in 2013, said he has spoken with Trump about a half-dozen times and described the president as "very engaged".

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.

"If you don't think that's going to cause a significant amount of problems when you are actually on the ground ... you're nuts", Armstrong said.

"They are working on coming up with a proposal that the president will sign", he added.

Toomey, who Trump mentioned by name along with Manchin and Sen.

"Background checks on all gun sales are a common-sense solution with overwhelming public support and are a critical step toward stemming the gun violence epidemic in this country", the letter continued. The president's statements on gun safety have been "all over the lot", Schumer said Monday.

Over more than four hours, Democrats rejected Republican amendments and then advanced the bills along party-line votes.

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