Trump Wants ‘Intelligent Background Checks’ and Says McConnell Is ‘On Board’ – The New York Times
“He is at a different point now than he was before, but I’ll believe it when I see it,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said Friday.
Mr. Blumenthal is sponsoring legislation in the Senate that would make it easier for the authorities to take firearms from people considered potentially dangerous. He and other Democrats say the so-called red flag laws and improved background checks go hand-in-hand.
Mr. Trump has not defined what “meaningful” background checks entail. “We’re not talking about anything specific — I can tell you this,” Mr. Trump said.
On Friday, he suggested that a minor’s record, which is typically expunged when he or she turns 18, should be visible to those reviewing a prospective gun buyer’s background, but he did not suggest there was specific proposal to address it.
Mr. McConnell has signaled that he would at least be open to considering new legislation, including red flag laws, though he did not call the Senate back from its August recess to address the issue immediately. Mr. Trump, on Friday, said that an early return to Washington was not necessary, and that lawmakers could expect to start debating proposals when they reconvene next month.
The key to success, Mr. Blumenthal said, would depend on whether Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell were willing to stand up to the National Rifle Association.
“They have both raised false hopes in the past,” Mr. Blumenthal said.
This time is different, Mr. Trump said. He added that members of the N.R.A. are “great patriots” who love their country and reaffirmed his support for the Second Amendment.
“I really think they’re going to get there,” he said of the association.
And to those who question whether a substantive change in gun laws was realistic, Mr. Trump said, “There’s never been a president like President Trump.”