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Report: WH, DOJ Shopping Background Check Plan to GOP

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Attorney General William Barr (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 September 2019 03:25 PM

The White House and the Justice Department are circulating to Republicans a plan that would expand gun background checks to all commercially advertised unlicensed sales, though a White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has not signed off on it.

Attorney General William Barr and White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland circulated an "idea sheet" in a meeting Tuesday with at least three Republicans, The Daily Caller reports.

The Barr-Ueland plan follows background-checks legislation sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., the Caller reports.

"Consistent with the Manchin-Toomey draft legislation, a background-check requirement would be extended to all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows," the sheet reads.

"Background checks would be conducted either through a [Federal Firearm Licensee] or through a newly-created class of licensed transfer agents."

Barr and Ueland met Tuesday with three Republicans: Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., former chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus; and Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

But Hogan Gidley, deputy principal White House press secretary, told Elaina Plott of The Atlantic that, while Ueland might be presenting the ideas to legislators, "it does NOT mean Trump himself has signed off on it."

Plott tweeted Gidley saying: "Not even close."

Gidley also told Annie Karni of The New York Times: "That is not a White House document, and any suggestion to contrary is completely false."

President Trump has wavered on gun reform after several mass shootings over the summer, but will apparently not consider legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled House requiring universal background checks for gun purchases.

He is meeting with members of both parties and is expected to release proposals soon.

According to the Daily Caller, Barr argued to Republicans that inaction would galvanize Democrats before next year's election — and pitched the ideas not as gun control but as ways to help law enforcement crack down on smugglers.

Gun sales through federally licensed dealers require background checks, but private sales do not.

The Manchin-Toomey bill would subject all advertised gun sales through unlicensed dealers to background checks.

However, the legislation would not apply to sales between family, friends, or in making loans, as long as the firearms have not been previously advertised.

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