Trump finds backing from Senate GOP on border wall move

Congressional Democrats vow to prioritize gun legislation

Bipartisan US senators waiting on decision from Trump on gun control

A bipartisan group of three USA senators on Wednesday said they were attempting to revive legislation that failed in 2013 to close loopholes on the law requiring gun sale background checks, but were awaiting word on whether President Donald Trump will support their effort.

Democrats said Trump must not "squander" the opportunity for meaningful action on gun violence "by acceding to NRA-backed proposals or other weak ideas".

Over in the House, No. 2 Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland said the chamber would vote in October on a red flag bill aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill people or those convicted of hate crimes, along with legislation to ban high capacity gun magazines.

"We are looking at background checks, and we are looking at putting everything together in a unified way so that we can have something that's meaningful and at the same time all of us want to protect our great second amendment", Trump told ABC's Jordyn Phelps Wednesday.

Gavin Newsom and 11 other state governors urged President Donald Trump to pass federal gun reform laws, including a ban on assault weapons, among other restrictions on purchasing firearms.

Trump and Republican leaders from the House and Senate were due to meet at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) at the White House.

What isn't known yet is whether Trump will get behind a measure expanding background checks, including a bipartisan one championed by Democratic Sen.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is pictured at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) ceremony in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on September 10, 2019. Toomey, whose bill fell to a filibuster in 2013, said he has spoken with Trump about a half-dozen times and described the president as "very engaged". "We will continue this discussion and hopefully we will get something done".

"It was a very engaging conversation", Sen.

Democrats complained that Shelby, following the lead of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was shortchanging the popular health and education measure to fund Trump's $5 billion request for his border wall.

Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., said the red flag bill could lead to confusion between federal and state laws on determining who is a unsafe individual. "The president said that we should be able to hear back from his staff by tomorrow".

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".

Senate Democrats involved in the White House talks said it remained unclear what Trump might accept.

The red-flag measure would provide grants and set standards to help state courts and law enforcement agencies remove guns from people deemed a risk to communities and to themselves. He said he had discussed the matter with the President on Wednesday evening.

However Toomey, Manchin and Murphy cautioned that they didn't win Trump's endorsement of their background examine invoice throughout their 40-minute phone dialog.

Some Republicans who voted against the Toomey-Manchin bill then have since said they could reconsider it now.

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