Republicans have no idea what Trump wants them to do on guns

Republicans have no idea what Trump wants them to do on guns

Gun Rights

Texas shooting shines light on gap in background checks system (CNN)Republicans are back in Washington, and once again waiting for President Donald Trump to make up his mind. A month after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Republicans are languishing over what to do about background checks and guns, in limbo and stalling to answer questions about where their party stands on making even minor changes to laws that some fear vocal supporters could see as an infringement of their Second Amendment rights. "It would be welcome to see specifically what (Trump) would support," said Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah. "That would be a feature that would not only inform, but also give some Republicans in elections this year the kind of political support they might need." In the wake of the violence this summer, Republicans appeared poised to entertain a gun debate once they got back to Washington. With the National Rifle Association seemingly weakened by internal upheaval , GOP aides speculated that the window for action was open if Trump could clearly articulate the party’s next steps. Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, began pitching the President early on his bill to expand background checks on commercial sales, and said he talked to the President a half dozen times. But after almost five weeks, Republican rank-and-file and leaders alike are still unsure where Trump will land, and if there will be time and pressure to act when he does. Senators lament […]

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