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02:35  14 august  2019
02:35  14 august  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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WASHINGTON — President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Wednesday by embracing gun control and urging a group of lawmakers at the White House to resurrect gun safety legislation that has been opposed for years by the powerful National Rifle Association and the vast majority of his

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the background check system.

President Trump said Tuesday he spoke with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about pressing forward on background checks in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control© Greg Nash Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control

"We had a very good conversation. We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters while en route to a speech in Pennsylvania.

Murphy has been a leading advocate for more gun control laws since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in his state in 2012. He tweeted Tuesday that he'd spoken with Trump and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) about support for background checks legislation.

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On Wednesday, Democrats and gun control activists had expressed hope, as well as skepticism, about Mr. Trump ’s surprising support for legislation to more strictly Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, editing a speech on Thursday on gun control proposals on Capitol Hill.

"We continue to work to find common ground, but as I told the President, we can't get a bill if he and the GOP give the gun lobby veto power," Murphy tweeted.

The president has been adamant that he supports passing stronger background checks after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded. But it's unclear if there will be enough GOP support in the Senate to pass such legislation.

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The Democratic legislation, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California Democrats were not counting on Mr. Trump ’s support and almost seemed not to want it. They have been more than happy to associate him with the N.R.A., which Democrats view as the biggest obstacle to gun control .

- Senate Democrat : Gun reform won't happen if Trump is 'not willing to lead'. A Democratic senator leading the charge for federal gun control said Sunday that President Donald Trump is Murphy added that as far as he knows Trump has not since the Wednesday meeting talked to Republicans in

Trump on Tuesday reiterated that he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is in favor of taking action on gun safety.

"Look, it's very simple: There is nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac," he said. "And I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that."

But there is reason to be skeptical. Trump has in the past voiced support for stronger gun laws only to back off amid pressure from the National Rifle Association and limited GOP buy-in.

Manchin and Toomey previously unveiled background check legislation which failed by six votes in the Senate in 2013 following the Sandy Hook shooting. It is unclear whether attitudes have shifted enough to change the outcome in 2019.

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