A bipartisan group of three United States senators on Wednesday said they were attempting to revive legislation that failed in 2013 to close loopholes on the law requiring gun sale background checks, but were awaiting word on whether President Donald Trump will support their effort.
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.
"It's really 'Gun Sense, ' if you think about it", Trump said, suggesting that any bill lawmakers come up with should bear that name. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah.
"We're going to take a look at a lot of different things and we will be reporting back in a fairly short period of time", Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday.
"We're looking at background checks, and we're looking at putting everything together in a unified way so that we can have something that's meaningful", he continued.
Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Chris Murphy of CT cautioned that they did not win Trump's endorsement of their background check bill during their 40-minute telephone conversation.
Although the White House initially signaled support for background checks after mass shootings in August, it eventually backed away from that position.
"My members know the very simple fact that to make a law you have to have a presidential signature. until that happens, all of this is theatrics".
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".
Lawmakers in both parties have appeared to be moving toward a stalemate.
Manchin, on Tuesday, told "America's Newsroom" that the president should support his background check legislation, which he claimed, garnered support from the vast majority of Americans gun owners. He met with Republican leaders about gun violence today. Those measures are unlikely to get through the Republican-controlled Senate, though they set down markers for the debate heading into the 2020 election campaign.
Multiple recent polls show widespread public support for stricter background checks.
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