Published: Thu, September 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Prominent Dem claims 'every gun owner' understands his background check bill

Prominent Dem claims 'every gun owner' understands his background check bill

The three senators made a fresh pitch to the president earlier Wednesday amid persevered gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following a summer of extra mass shootings.

"What I am not willing to do is support legislation that will do nothing to make us safer and simultaneously infringes on the rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution", said the committee's top Republican, Representative Doug Collins.

"He is very engaged and he would like to accomplish something", said Toomey.

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 bills are part of a coordinated strategy between House and Senate Democrats to put pressure on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on gun-related bills including universal background check legislation that passed the House in February.

The Manchin-Toomey-Murphy effort would expand background checks to all commercial sales, including those at gun shows and online. "The president said that we should be able to hear back from his staff by tomorrow".

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Manchin was referring to legislation he and Sen. The president's statements on gun safety have been "all over the lot", Schumer said Monday. "We got down into the details for the first time with the president about some of the ways that a bill can attract support from both parties".

A month after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Republicans are languishing over what to do about background checks and guns, in limbo and stalling to answer questions about where their party stands on making even minor changes to laws that some fear vocal supporters could see as an infringement of their Second Amendment rights.

Senators, anxious to capture any shred of momentum and in an abbreviated time period before the next week-long recess, are pushing for a decision as soon as possible. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y), Ned Lamont (D-Conn.), John Carney (D-Del.), J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.), Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich), Phil Murphy (D-N.J.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Kate Brown (D-Ore.), Tom Wolf (D-Pa.), Gina Raimondo (D-R.I.), Jay Inslee (D-Wash) and Newsom (D-Calif.).

"I can assure you the bill. has over 85 percent approval and that's with gun owners and everyone else saying if you go to a commercial transaction, gun show, or on the Internet, don't you think you ought to know who wants to buy that gun and for what objective and what their background is?"

"I don't think we can tolerate what is a constitutional right turned onto its head", said Biggs.

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