Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

Congressional Democrats vow to prioritize gun legislation

"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.

The plans for Trump's Thursday briefing emerged shortly after three senators spoke with him at length Wednesday about their proposal to close loopholes in federal background checks of gun purchasers. But Trump still hasn't committed to a course of action.

Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Chris Murphy of CT cautioned that they did not win Trump's endorsement of their background check bill during their 40-minute telephone conversation.

Behind the scenes, Senate Democrats and Republicans have engaged in a series of talks with senior White House staff about a package of gun measures that could form the basis of legislation.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, said the measures were problematic and could "work to make us feel better about what we're doing but in the end not actually help in those situations in a real way, and in many ways, could actually add to the problem".

"It's really 'Gun Sense, ' if you think about it", Trump said, suggesting that any bill lawmakers come up with should bear that name.

"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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to advance any legislation without knowing whether the president would sign it.

Lawmakers in both parties have appeared to be moving toward a stalemate.

Over more than four hours, Democrats rejected Republican amendments and then advanced the bills along party-line votes.

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 White House's legislative director met privately with Republican senators Tuesday to discuss ideas the administration is considering, including so-called red flag legislation to allow officials to take away guns from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others and quicker imposition of the death penalty for the perpetrators of mass shootings.

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