Trump Says Some Lawmakers Too Scared Of NRA To Act On Guns

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President Donald Trump made a push for legislation in a White House summit with leading members of Congress on Wednesday. Some students visited with lawmakers Monday.

The president said there needs to be a "comprehensive" approach to dealing with gun violence, but he has backed away from similar statements before after facing opposition from the NRA and GOP party members. Democrats in Congress have introduced two proposals to ban them, but have gained no support from Republicans, who control the legislature. "There's nothing to be afraid of". If all we end up doing is the stuff that the gun industry supports this isn't worth it.

The proposal would strengthen the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System with new penalties and rewards to encourage federal agencies and states to properly utilize it.

Although Trump advocated keeping measures simple and agreeable, he suggested a few changes like revising the Manchin-Toomey bill to include an age restriction on gun purchasers, merging it with the Fix NICS Act, and maybe changing the name of the Fix NICS Act.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT, where the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre occurred, told the president that previous efforts to pass bills requiring strong background checks have been met with opposition because of the NRA.

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

Another pupil, Kai Koerber, added: "we were just trying to re-instill the sense of normalcy that we all, you know, had before this".

"I think you underestimate the power of the gun lobby", he said.

Trump later went back to Toomey and Manchin, asking how their bill - which was focused on background checks - dealt with setting a minimum age for buying a rifle.

"As we continue to mourn the loss of so many precious young lives in Parkland, Florida, we're determined to turn our grief into action".

He said he's willing to make tweaks to the bill to get it more votes. "It's time." The NRA said it believed beefing up school security was the answer, not the ideas discussed at Wednesday's meeting. Not immediately, President Trump said Wednesday.

The president says he doesn't want to wait several weeks and then have people forget.

Sanders is declining to offer any specifics on what the White House may propose. Republicans have instead been leaning toward modest legislation created to improve the background system already in place. "The White House can now launch a lobbying campaign to get universal background checks passed, as the President promised in this meeting, or they can sit and do nothing", said Democratic Senator for Connecticut Chris Murphy.

Last week, he directed his administration to regulate bump stocks, the gun accessory used to simulate automatic fire in the 2017 Las Vegas attack.

Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided on gun issues, causing what appears to be a continuous stalemate over measures in Congress that may restrict gun access. "Amy and Diane and a lot of other people, they're never going to consider it. People may consider it but they're not going to consider this bill". At the time, authorities acknowledged having failed to report the Texas gunman's domestic violence conviction to the database.

Mr Trump deflected the warning and said he had previously told NRA officials: "It's time".

Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania said he supports a ban on bump stocks, whether it's done through legislation or a change in federal regulations. We really need to get this done.

Trump suggested - but did not declare - his support for a more sweeping background check bill that would require review of firearm purchases online and at gun shows.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted, "many ideas, some good and some not so good, emerged from our bipartisan meeting on school safety yesterday at the White House".