NY Senate Republicans Block Effort to Pass More Gun Regulations

02 March, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Trump continued to push for arming teachers and an increase in school security and resources for mental health.

He met NRA leaders over the weekend after speaking to students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where an alleged gunman used an AR-15 rifle to kill 17 people, as well as other families affected by school shootings in a listening session last week. It doesn't sell bump stocks, the accessory attached to a semi-automatic gun that makes it easier to fire rounds faster. When Vice President MIke Pence referenced a California law that mandates people named in restraining orders turn in their firearms, Trump interjected. "Take the guns first, go through due process second".

Even Trump has publicly seemed conflicted about the idea after first floating it: He did not promote it publicly Tuesday, and the White House said he did not discuss it over lunch with the NRA, which has forcefully spoken against the change. The bill would provide incentives for federal agencies and states to upload more data into the system. "Respect 2nd Amendment!" and the constitutional right to bear arms, the president said. Trump said. The president repeatedly took positions that put himself at odds with the NRA and Republicans.

"Is anyone ok with this, because I'm sure as hell not", Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted Thursday. "Speak up", added Massie, a conservative who is backed by tea party groups.

Some states have laws allowing police to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe.

Still, the televised discussion allowed Trump to play the role of potential dealmaker, a favorite for the president.

And the wide-ranging meeting, which included blunt back-and-forths between Trump and members of both parties, laid bare the vast divide on gun legislation and Trump's own unfamiliarity with the searing, years-old gun debate. You are going to decide, the people in this room pretty much, are going to decide. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, though votes were not yet scheduled amid resistance from within the GOP ranks and demands by Democrats to vote on other measures.

President Donald Trump has phoned Sen.

Trump particularly cited the need for stronger background checks, which have been resisted by Republicans in Congress and the National Rifle Association. The concealed carry provision, as Trump indicated, can not pass in the Senate and is the main reason the House and Senate haven't yet agreed on legislation improving background checks.

He says he's told NRA officials it's time to act. "We have to stop this nonsense".

"They are law-abiding citizens", Toomey said.

"I'm for doing what's achievable", Cornyn told reporters.

Yet his vague promises and platitudes on immigration were quickly followed by intense lobbying from immigration hawks in the White House and the Department of Homeland Security against a bipartisan measure in the Senate that would have paired $25 billion for border security with a pathway to citizenship for almost 2 million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.

The president was elected with enthusiastic NRA support.

The NRA called the bulk of the proposals discussed at the White House this week "bad policy" that would not keep people safe.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has been all over the place on guns, but he hasn't yet done the one thing that helps move votes in Congress: publicly support specific legislation to address gun violence. "We're open to the possibility that he's just playing Machiavelli here, but I don't think we can assume that".

Everytown for Gun Safety advocates for universal background checks and other gun control measures.

Among those at the meeting were Sens. He urged Republicans to work with Democrats on their priorities, and gave so many positive signals to those who want to expand background checks, raise the age to buy rifles and more that Democratic U.S. Sen. It failed twice in the Senate after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT.