Democrats have taken up the cause of gun law reform in the wake of several recent mass shootings, urging Trump and McConnell to pass gun-related laws.
A House panel worked late into the night in a sometimes heated, sometimes emotional hearing on gun-control bills Tuesday, a potential preview of congressional debates to come in the weeks after a string of mass shootings.
Gun control presents a particularly sticky political situation for Republicans and moderate Democrats in red states, as the National Rifle Association - which adamantly opposes gun control measures under consideration - still wields substantial influence despite its own internal upheaval. "The background check is the mechanism that we use to determine if someone is in one of those categories, and yet we have significant sales that happen without the background checks".
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee advanced three more gun control bills Tuesday during a lengthy, often contentious and sometimes emotional markup that highlighted how Republican opposition could stall the efforts in the Senate.
The Kentucky Republican has said, however, that he does not intend to put any gun legislation on the Senate floor unless President Donald Trump says he would sign it into law.
"We're going to engage a compare at a total lot of quite a lot of things, and we'll be reporting lend a hand in a moderately quick timeframe". Toomey, whose bill fell to a filibuster in 2013, said he has spoken with Trump about a half-dozen times and described the president as "very engaged". "We have finished it", Pelosi said. "Mitch McConnell felt enough pressure that he needed to indicate some willingness to address this issue after the recess". Asked if he was willing to change his vote, he said, "Yes".
"It is an issue that people are going to vote on", Patrick said. "If you are annoyed with my impatience it's because people are dying because Senator McConnell hasn't acted".
It includes a so-called red-flag law aimed at making it easier for law enforcement to take away guns from those deemed risky by a judge; a measure barring people convicted of hate crimes from buying guns; and legislation barring, for civilian use, magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The hate crimes legislation extends an existing firearm prohibition for those convicted of hate crime felonies to the misdemeanor level. And without explicitly saying so, he seemed to reject McConnell's notion that senators should not consider a bill unless it had a chance of becoming law. "There are people who died".
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, said the measures were problematic and could "work to make us feel better about what we're doing but in the end not actually help in those situations in a real way, and in many ways, could actually add to the problem". "Outside the issue of guns and how politically polarizing it is, this is not good policy".
White House officials, lawmakers and Hill staff have held frequent meetings to discuss options aimed at curbing gun violence following a pair of shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that left more than 30 people dead over a single August weekend.
"I truly believe that the moral crisis is that the guns have become our God", she said.