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Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

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Deanna Wagner | 12 September, 2019, 16:36

Va., is getting new scrutiny, said he and President Donald Trump had a "very constructive conversation" for about 40 minutes and that it was stressed to the president that background checks should take place on all commercial gun sales.

Mr. Trump had expressed an interest in doing something on background checks in the wake of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, last month that claimed the lives of more than 30 people, but has generally been more focused on the mental health side of the debate.

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.

But with Congress divided, the deciding voice looks like President Trump's.

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

Behind the scenes, Senate Democrats and Republicans have engaged in a series of talks with senior White House staff about a package of gun measures that could form the basis of legislation.

"Why don't you go ask him if he has any regrets for all the people who died because he hasn't acted?" she said, according to ABC News.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the Trump administration was working on a proposal for legislation that the president would sign.

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Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (left). They have just met after a night of high drama in parliament.

The White House threatened to veto that bill, saying it would impose "burdensome" requirements on some firearm sales. He said the positives of gun ownership are usually overlooked, citing examples of people who have used AR-15 rifles in self-defense.

"It would be welcome to see specifically what (Trump) would support", said Sen.

The bipartisan Toomey-Manchin legislation failed to pass the Senate in 2013, and many Republicans continue to oppose the idea as an infringement on gun rights.

Later, the congresswoman said, "I truly believe that the moral crisis is that the guns have become our God", adding, "Guns have become the means by which we solve all of our problems, have become our authority".

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

Sen. Toomey, with a frown, said, "We don't know", when referring to a timeline.

In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 89 percent support background checks for all gun purchases, including private and gun show sales; and 86 percent back "red flag" laws allowing the police to take guns from individuals found by a judge to be a danger.

Until then, the Kentucky Republican said, "all of this is theatrics".