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Cornyn: Trump Clarified Support for My Background Check Bill

Cornyn: Trump Clarified Support for My Background Check Bill
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By    |   Friday, 02 March 2018 06:57 PM

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Friday said President Donald Trump told him Thursday night that he supported his bipartisan bill that sought to improve the federal instant check system for gun transactions, known as the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS), The Washington Times reported Friday. 

"He called me last night, sort of, to clarify his position, at least from a legislative standpoint, that he supported the … bipartisan background check bill that I've introduced," the Texas Republican told reporters.

Cornyn has co-authored a bill with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that would strengthen the NICS. The bipartisan legislation would require states to put in place a plan to report offenses that bar people from being able to purchase a firearm.

Cornyn said Trump was also open to other gun safety measures, like policies to improve school safety and issues regarding mental health.

"I don't think he's foreclosing any of those, but I think he realizes that the best way to get a result is to start with a consensus bill like the background check bill that I introduced after Sutherland Springs and then go from there," he said.

During a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, Trump indicated he might be open to broader gun control measures, such as extending background checks to include gun shows and online sales.

However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed on Friday that Trump did support Cornyn's bill, and would not necessarily back broader measures on background checks in a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-R.I., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

"The background check system is something that he's still very much interested in improving," Sanders said.

Sanders also said the president promised the NRA he would continue to support the Second Amendment following a Thursday meeting with Chris Cox, who heads the NRA's legislative lobbying efforts.

Lawmakers have been working on firearms legislation in the wake of the Valentine's Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people lost their lives.

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