Trump: Congress discussing ‘meaningful’ gun background checks, NRA will have input ,President Donald Trump said Friday that congressional leaders are talking about new “meaningful background checks” for gun buyers ,
But with input from the National Rifle Association and other gun groups that oppose current legislative proposals. Trump predicted ongoing talks would produce “a very good package” for Congress to consider when it returns from summer recess in September.
“We don’t want guns in the hands of the wrong people,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for a pair of fundraisers in New York. Trump called for “common-sense background” checks,
But did not detail what that might include. But he suggested the NRA would have input on whatever package emerges.“We’ll see where the NRA is … but we have to have meaningful background checks,” Trump said, adding that the gun group has “good people” who want to do the right thing.
Trump also acknowledged his talks this week with Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA,and other gun rights groups in the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Trump said “their very strong views can be fully represented and respected” during the debate over gun policy.
“I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” Trump said.Some congressional Democrats said they are skeptical about Trump’s commitment to new gun safety laws, given his support of the NRA and other gun groups.
Trump has heard repeated objections from NRA and some of his own aides who are pushing back against new background check proposals. While LaPierre has not detailed his discussions with Trump this week, he said in a statement that “the NRA .