‘Enough Is Enough’: Schumer Calls on McConnell to Hold Vote on Background Check Bill

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for a vote on a House-passed background checks bill in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, placing the blame squarely with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the hold-up in the Senate.

Schumer held a press conference alongside Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) in support of the push on Tuesday. King was one of five Republican co-sponsors for the House bill that passed in February by a vote of 240-190.

The bill would expand background checks to private firearms sales, requiring a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer to act as an intermediary and run a check. The bill carves out some exemptions for firearms transfers within families, but would otherwise greatly expand requirements for background checks in private sales.

“Today Peter King, a Republican, myself, a Democrat, are here to say enough is enough,” Schumer said on Tuesday. “We are calling on Leader McConnell to bring the bill that passed the House, that Peter King bravely sponsored, to the floor of the Senate ASAP.”

Schumer expressed his belief that the House bill would pass in the Senate.

“It’s a piece of paper,” Schumer said while holding the bill. “But it’s a piece of paper that can save lives. This piece of paper represents more than just about anything else that can be done to stop the violence, such as occurred in Dayton and El Paso.”

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Asked by a reporter what was holding the bill back from a vote in the Senate, Schumer offered a terse answer.

“Leader McConnell is not putting it on the floor.”

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“That’s what’s holding it back — that’s it,” he added.

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James
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With the dozens of background check laws already on the books, Chuckie, WHAT do you propose be done with them? Those Laws on the books were NOT being enforced although the NICS background check law WAS working as designed.

Is the House idea just some more “feels good because we did “something”? OR, more wasted time, energy and taxpayer money?

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