Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

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A month after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Republicans are languishing over what to do about background checks and guns, in limbo and stalling to answer questions about where their party stands on making even minor changes to laws that some fear vocal supporters could see as an infringement of their Second Amendment rights.

"We're going to take a look at a lot of different things and we will be reporting back in a fairly short period of time", Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday. "Some things will never happen", he added, without elaborating.

With a majority of voters favoring background check legislation, Democrats are hoping to underscore the sharp differences between them and Republicans at a time when, according to a new Gallup poll, almost half of Americans worry that they or a family member could become victims of a mass shooting. The president also has discussed taking smaller steps in talks with GOP congressional leaders. He along with Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican Pat Toomey said they were promised by the president he will tell them Thursday whether or not the White House will take a position on background checks that is opposed by the National Rifle Association. Although senators are talking with the White House this week, the Trump administration previously issued a veto threat for the bills.

"We're looking at background checks and we're looking at putting everything together in a unified way so that we can have something that's meaningful", he said.

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Democrats say there is broad public support for the three measures. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to advance any legislation without knowing whether the president would sign it.

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.

He's reportedly been participating in the White House's discussions on gun control measures, including Trump's recent phone call with a bipartisan group of senators discussing the chamber's bill on background checks.

The three senators made a fresh pitch to the president earlier Wednesday amid continued gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following a summer of more mass shootings.

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