Lawmakers 'afraid' of NRA gun lobby group

Trump on guns and schools

Republicans are skeptical that anything will change.

Trump asked Toomey if his plan to expand background checks included raising the minimum age for young people to buy an assault weapon. Banning bump stocks, which were not used in the Florida shooting but were used in a massacre in Las Vegas in October, which was the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, has been studied in the past and deemed to require action by Congress.

"I'm not sure I understand the 21 age".

Among those at the White House Wednesday were Sens. "Everybody's trying to absorb what we just heard".

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who was not at the bipartisan meeting, slammed Trump's statement. The White House has to put some meat on the bones.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about the shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the White House on February 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, proclaiming that the senators are afraid of the National Rifle Association.

Momentum on gun legislation has stalled in Congress as Republican leaders showed little interest in pursuing stricter gun control laws and Democrats pushed new restrictions following the Florida shooting.

Dick's removed assault-style weapons from its Dick's-branded stores after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that killed 20 young children and six adults. Democrats are calling for universal gun background checks, while Republicans support more modest efforts to beef up the national background check system.

The original bill was proposed following the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

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During a televised sitdown at the White House, Trump made a push for passing gun control measures. When Vice President MIke Pence referenced a California law that mandates people named in restraining orders turn in their firearms, Trump interjected.

At Wednesday's meeting, Trump argued that it should be "so easy" to get 60 Senate votes on common-sense reforms - though it's unclear exactly which ones.

One of Trump's top gun safety proposals after the Florida school shooting was raising the age to purchase some rifles from 18 to 21. Having the Justice Department's inspector general look into the handling of certain warrants "will take forever" Trump tweeted, lamenting a lack of prosecutorial power. I had lunch with them.and said, 'It's time. "That's not a guarantee of anything, but it suggests to me the atmosphere has changed".

Cornyn said Tuesday that, "if our attitude is, 'I want everything on my list or nothing, ' we're going to end up with nothing" on gun control after the Florida high school shooting. "I'd rather have you come down on the strong side instead of the weak side". As with immigration, the House may wait until the Senate can demonstrate that a piece of legislation can get the 60 votes needed there to advance. However, despite the horror that surrounded the shooting and the bill's proposal, it was completely rejected by Republicans and ultimately failed in the Senate.

"I think that maybe that bill will someday pass, but it should pass as a separate (bill)", Trump said.

In response, Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they'd need his backing for political cover against the president's allies in the powerful gun rights lobby to pass any legislation.

The president's comments drew attention from some of his harshest critics, including Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show", who said he had "no explanation for what happened this afternoon".

"That's sort of simple stuff that we should get done for the American public", he told The Associated Press.

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP, which operates Bloomberg News, serves as a member of Everytown for Gun Safety's advisory board and is a donor to the group.

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