'People Want Something to Happen': Trump Projects Success in Gun Law Debate
President Trump said Wednesday that he projects success in Congress' endeavor to tackle gun rights and gun control legislation.
At a White House meeting, he called on Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) to lead the way on a bipartisan bill.
Trump said the bill should strengthen the NICS background check system, address school safety and possibly raise the age required to purchase a firearm to 21.
.@POTUS: “I’d rather have you come down on the strong side instead of the weak side. The weak side would be much easier. I’d rather have you come up with a strong, strong bill, and really strong on background checks.” pic.twitter.com/gKJqLHMiMU
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 28, 2018
Trump said that Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had "good ideas" on the topic as well.
"I think we're going to have a vote," he said. "People want something to happen."
However, Trump appeared to throw cold water on the hopes of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who called for concealed-carry reciprocity to be part of the comprehensive package.
Trump said he supports the measure but that it is too controversial to add to a bill he wants to see passed quickly.
A reciprocity law would address the disparity of gun laws from state to state.
In a recent case, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) decided to pardon a Pennsylvania woman caught with a handgun in his state.
The Philadelphia woman was stopped on the Atlantic City Expressway and notified the law enforcement officer on scene that she had a handgun in her possession.
She said she purchased the gun after she'd been robbed and beaten twice.
While legal in Pennsylvania, the particular weapon she had was illegal in the Garden State.
Facing several years behind bars, the woman was ultimately pardoned by Christie.
Concealed-carry reciprocity legislation would potentially negate the possibility of someone from a generally gun-friendly state like Pennsylvania having trouble when traveling into stricter neighboring states like New York and New Jersey.
Additionally, Feinstein called on Trump to make sure guns considered "weapons of war" could not be legally sold in stores.
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