Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last week that the upper chamber would act if the president gives his blessing.
McConnell said he would not bring a gun bill to the floor of the Republican-majority Senate unless it had the support of President Donald Trump, a Republican who has not provided details of measures he might support to address gun violence.
"The President needs to step up here and set some guidelines for what he would do", said Sen.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins said gun reform should be taken up this month that expands background checks, creates more "red flag" laws and preventing stray purchases where people buy guns for someone else.
Blunt, who also serves as the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, told Todd that he's anxious Congress will "take this silly "if we don't get everything we won't do anything" approach to the issue, and that there should be particular action taken on legislation concerning mental health.
The calls for gun legislation grew last month following mass shootings in the Texas cities of El Paso, Odessa and Midland, and in Dayton, Ohio.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer convened a press conference Monday where he, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others demanded a vote on expanding background checks, which Schumer said would save many lives but which has languished in the Senate.
Senate Democrat Chris Coons says he has been negotiating with the White House on gun safety measures, including legislation that would require federal authorities to notify states when someone trying to purchase a firearm fails a background check.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley signaled potential movement, telling reporters she had a "good conversation" at the White House with Kellyanne Conway and other presidential aides.
Republicans and the gun industry have argued that gun violence is rooted in psychological illness and that federal resources should be oriented toward treatment as a way of preventing mass shootings.
On Aug. 7, Trump said there was strong support for doing something on background checks but he did not embrace a specific proposal. "Call his bluff and see if he really means it". "We're talking about a lot of different things having to do with, as you call it, gun control".
Ueland and other White House officials bristle when Republicans say they are not sure what Trump would support. "At the same time, we have to protect our Second Amendment very strongly and we will always do that", he added, referring to the U.S. Constitution provision guaranteeing a right to bear arms. But no plan that could pass the House and Senate - and get President Donald Trump's signature - has emerged. "We are not taking no for an answer". "We are not going away". Never have we had 80 percent of gun owners for background checks.
The hundreds of mass shootings which take place each year-including three high-profile attacks in the last month-have left the majority of of US residents living in fear that they or their loved ones could be among the next victims of the violent epidemic that lawmakers refuse to address year after year. He said he was told that the White House wants to do something substantial.
Senators from both parties have been meeting privately among themselves and with the White House on possible areas of agreement.
Fifty-six percent said they supported a ban on the sale of assault weapons, including 81% of Democrats, 55% of independents and 33% of Republicans. The GOP leader, who suffered a fractured shoulder in a fall in early August, has been recovering at home in Kentucky but is expected to return to open the Senate on Monday.
Democratic Congressional Representatives Veronica Escobar of Texas and Mike Thompson of California were also in attendance.