Trump Says He Will Push to Close Background Check Loopholes for Gun Buys

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his administration would seek to fill in background check loopholes for gun purchases after Democrats accused him of reversing course on gun control measures.

Trump spoke with the leader of the National Rifle Association lobbying group, Wayne LaPierre, on Tuesday, a White House official said. Trump told reporters outside the White House he did not tell LaPierre, whose group strongly opposes increased gun restrictions, he would avoid pursuing measures on background checks.

Trump said he views the number of gun deaths in the United States as a public health emergency and reiterated his belief that people who are mentally ill should not be allowed to buy guns.

On Tuesday, Trump, a Republican, said his administration was engaged in meaningful talks with Democrats, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, about gun legislation after gunmen in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people using semi-automatic rifles and high-volume magazines earlier this month.

Congressional aides, however, said the discussions have been low-level and generally unproductive.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Makini Brice; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Terry L
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Terry L

what loopholes? Has he even read the existing restrictions they have already imposed? Has he even looked at the statistics that put nations with the strictest gun control laws at the top of the list for most criminals using guns to commit violence? In the one statistics NORWAY is number one the US is clear down at 11 and only there due to the anti gun states statistics on violence. IF you want to do something about actual crime and make the nation safer for people stop listing to leftists who only want their opposition disarmed so they can further… Read more »

Friend
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We don’t need more gun laws, we don’t need stricter laws. It’s all a bunch of bulshit…. Enforce the laws we have, and do away with gun free zones. People killed by other people with guns is a small percentage overall… And that’s not to take anything away from the tragedy of murder. But it is small when you consider how many human beings are butchered by the abortion industry.

Screwtape
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full disclosure: I’ve gone through NCIS checks for every firearm purchase (and I won’t admit to others). I underwent a more thorough check for a CHL. Here’s where it break apart: ANY background check system is only as good as the information it has AND this operates under the assumption that all purchases will be legal. q.v. the Dayton shooter. Trump should push massive criminal and monetary penalties for failing to report to the system. This includes mental health authorities, the military, local LE, and schools. This MUST include irresponsible and idiotic programs like Obozo’s PROMISE. Hold them responsible. Make… Read more »

Charles
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It looks like Republican leaders are bending over backwards for the Democrats because of the election. NO MORE GUN CONTROL! It doesn’t work in the Liberal cesspool cities and it won’t work anywhere else. If someone wants a gun and is ineligible, they get a friend or relative to buy it for them or they just steal it. Does anyone really believe that gang members buy their weapons from a dealer? No, they get stolen guns from the gang. That’s where most of the violent gun deaths result, from Liberal cesspool cities and gangs. Check the stats. Gun control doesn’t… Read more »

Ron Pauly
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if death are a problem go after Abortion? Red flag stuff is just a way around the Constitution.

James
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Having gone through a background check for my Concealed Weapons License, the ONLY way a background check system could be improved – but still NOT be close to perfect – is to have a psychiatrist examine each and every applicant AFTER that individual has filled out the necessary forms and gone for a polygraph test. NO amount of paperwork (Laws) will stop the next mass killing by a gun. Gun “control” has never worked anywhere. Ask any gang banger in the US. Next, Congress will have to have a background check performed on those who drive automobiles, use a hammer… Read more »

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Chicago has the best gun control laws in America and one of the highest murder rates, along with numerous other cities and countries around the world. Gun control doesn’t work.
1.2 million die in automobile crashes every year, so we go back to horse and buggy, bicycles and walking?

John Doe
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John Doe

This WILL cost him the election.

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