McConnell expects new gun legislation in September

The Senate majority leader said he doesn't see a point in calling the Senate back early, despite pleas from Democrats to do so.
2:36 | 08/09/19

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We turn to Washington and a sign that Republican lawmakers might, might be willing to take up the fight over background checks. Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell now says he would consider the idea but not until after congress comes back from its summer vacation. Kyra Phillips is at the white house with the latest and the president says he's for background checks now but the question is whether he'll stick to the support had time. Reporter: Right. You emphasize the word "Might." He has waffled before but coming out strong saying he wants to keep guns out of the hands of, quote, sick people and considering tightening loopholes and background checks. Will he do something as this debate remains incredibly divisive? Here's the good news. There are new signs lawmakers may be willing to meet in the middle. This morning, new signs that Republican leadership may be reconsidering long-held stances on gun control. Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell signaling he's open to reviewing new measures. Background checks and red flags will probably lead the discussion. Those are two items that for sure will be front and center. Reporter: After failing to move on two bills expanding background checks passed by the house in February, Mcconnell still refusing to call lawmakers back early. But now saying new legislation on gun control will be a top priority when congress recon scenes next month. The president seemingly throwing his support behind stricter regulations. I'm looking to do background checks. I think background checks are important. I don't want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people. I don't want -- I'm all in favor of it. Reporter: Not everyone is on board. Earlier the NRA warning the president that expanding background checks would not be popular with his base. Although some Democrats worry the president could change course again. House speaker Nancy Pelosi and chuck Schumer issuing a joint statement yesterday saying, the president gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan house-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives. And, George, as you know, senators on both sides of the aisle have been skeptical that Mcconnell will willingly bring gun control measures to the floor unless the president continues to push for it. President trump really does hold the power here, George. He does. The fallout from these shootings on the campaign trail

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