President Trump has been stating his beliefs on backing the Second Amendment since his campaign. However, he made statements on Monday indicating he was supportive of further legislation around improving the gun-background check system.
These statements come in response to last week’s mass shooting in Florida, where 17 people lost their lives to a sadistic gunman.
Trump spoke last week with Senators John Cornyn and Chris Murphy about making improvements to the system. However, discussions about possible revisions are still being made.
The bipartisan measure in question focuses on requiring both states and federal agencies to create plans to prevent people from passing background checks that would otherwise grant them access to firearms.
In addition, the measure states that all federal agencies must report every violation to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The measure would also provide financial incentives for states to report all of this information.
Both Cornyn and Murphy brought this measure forward last year, following the horrific church massacre in Texas back in November. However, the measure did not pass into law.
The National Rifle Association is supportive of this measure.
However, it is still uncertain if President Trump is going to back further sweeping gun legislation.
According to The Hill:
It remains unclear whether the president would back more sweeping gun legislation.
Trump met behind closed doors on Sunday at his Mar-a-Lago club with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has shown resistance to new gun laws following last week’s shooting. The White House said the two discussed “the recent tragedy in Parkland” but did not provide further details.
The president, who has been a strong supporter of gun rights, has come under mounting pressure to back stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the massacre.
A group of students from the Parkland school staged a pro-gun control rally in nearby Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday and called out Trump for the support he has received from the NRA.
Until Monday, the president had not indicated whether support for any new gun laws.
Trump met Friday night with injured victims and law-enforcement officials who responded to the Parkland shooting before heading to Mar-a-Lago, which is roughly 30 miles away, to spend the holiday weekend.
The president mostly stayed inside his palatial estate over the next two days because aides recommended he should not golf while the tragedy of the shooting was still raw. But Trump ventured out to his private golf clubin West Palm Beach on President’s Day.
Over the weekend, Trump spent much of his time responding to television news.
He focused his frustrations on the developments in the Russia investigation, but took time to criticize President Obama for not passing gun-control laws when Democrats had one-party control of Washington.
Trump also accused the FBI of missing signs about the alleged Parkland shooter because it is “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”
Last year, Trump overturned an Obama-era regulation designed to make it harder for certain people with mental health issues to buy guns.
Critics said nixing the regulation could potentially increase the danger to the gun buyers and others. The suspected gunman in the Parkland shooting had a troubled upbringing and was reportedly being treated by a therapist.
During his campaign, Trump cast himself as a pro-gun candidate.
At an NRA gathering in 2016, he said that the Second Amendment was “on the ballot in November.”
“The only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person that you all know named Donald Trump,” he said.