The US has seen episodes of intense pressure for legislative action on guns before - most notably after the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre that killed 26 - only for the moment to dissipate with nothing done.
KEITH: Yeah. So the first bill she talked about is a narrow change that would basically make it so that more information gets into the background check system.
We hope President Donald Trump doesn't squander a chance to lead the country on the critical public safety issue of common sense gun restrictions. In fact, Trump even appeared to break with the NRA, even chastising some Republican lawmakers of being "petrified of the NRA". Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has found new momentum since it was first introduced after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that left 20 children dead. The bill is aimed at enforcing criminal background checks on gun sales, including private sales, PolitiFact reported.
Sanders also said that the president supports raising the age to buy any firearm to 21, but that it might be a state issue.
"Only that he'll continue to support the Second Amendment, that's not something that he's backed away from", Sanders said when asked during an impromptu gaggle if he made any specific promises. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, that would improve reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Republicans insist they want to pass the Fix NICS Act, but exactly when that would happen is unclear. Some Republicans have come out against it, saying it's unnecessary.
A co-sponsor of that bill, Sen.
"Take the guns first, go through due process second", Trump stated, leaving his Republican colleagues flabbergasted and Democrats pleasantly stunned.
Mr Trump also raised eyebrows by suggesting that law-enforcement officials should be able to confiscate people's firearms without a court order in order to prevent potential tragedies. "They are still kind of working out some of the final pieces of that legislation".