The letter from the governors came on the day House Democrats held a forum on gun violence prevention and a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent the president a letter to urge him to support a House-passed law to require background checks that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked.
The gun debate was also raging outside of Washington. Democrats in favor of the legislation countered that the legislation would protect due process rights.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed an executive order directing state agencies to look into whether gun manufacturers that do business with the state adhere to certain requirements like preventing sales to prohibited individuals, and whether financial institutions doing business with the state follow certain gun-related safety requirements.
With a majority of voters favoring background check legislation, Democrats are hoping to underscore the sharp differences between them and Republicans at a time when, according to a new Gallup poll, almost half of Americans worry that they or a family member could become victims of a mass shooting.
On Tuesday, McConnell did say that White House aides were working on a proposal that the president would sign and that "until that happens, all this is is theatrics".
The committee considered the legislation in the wake of an August in which 53 people were killed in mass shootings in the USA, according to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY.
But while Republicans blamed gun violence on the "moral crisis" facing the country, McBath said she it is guns themselves that pose the moral crisis.
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The White House threatened to veto that bill, saying it would impose "burdensome" requirements on some firearm sales.
Manchin, referring to Trump, said, "We're going to know hopefully by tomorrow if there's something we can all agree on". Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said, adding, "The president's still very encouraging and I believe sincerely wants to move forward and do something".
"If you don't think that's going to cause a significant amount of problems when you are actually on the ground ... you're nuts", Armstrong said. It includes a so-called red-flag law aimed at making it easier for law enforcement to take away guns from those deemed unsafe by a judge; a measure barring people convicted of hate crimes from buying guns; and legislation barring, for civilian use, magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The president initially expressed support in early August for "very meaningful background checks" after deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but stopped short of endorsing the bill passed by the House.
Toomey, who Trump mentioned by name along with Manchin and Sen.
"We're getting to the witching hour" for a decision, Murphy said.