McConnell pledges action on gun control measures if backed by Trump

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Susan Ferrechio
September 03, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he expects to hear from President Trump next week on new gun control legislation and he pledged a vote on anything the White House supports.

“I said several weeks ago that if the President took a position on a bill so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I’d be happy to put it on the floor,” McConnell told the Hugh Hewitt radio program.

The Kentucky Republican said the Trump administration “is in the process of studying what they are prepared to support, if anything.”

Trump has signaled interest in expanded background checks and “red flag” proposals that would authorize law enforcement to seize firearms and ammunition from those deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

Democrats are demanding the Senate take up a House-passed bill expanding background checks and banning firearm sales from unlicensed dealers.

Lawmakers are under pressure to address gun violence in the wake of a string of deadly mass shootings this summer.

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