Is Trump Headed for a Post-Shooting Gun Control Fight with the NRA?

President Donald Trump talked up the prospect of new background check legislation Friday morning but still says that he wants gun rights groups like the NRA to have a say.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, the president said that “we need intelligent background checks,” and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is “totally on board” with the issue. Two days earlier, Trump discussed the potential to “bring up background checks like we’ve never had before.”

The day before, McConnell said on a Kentucky radio program that gun control will be “one of the front and center issues” when the Senate comes back to Washington from summer break in September. “What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” the senator also said. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”

However, Trump also said in a tweet earlier that morning that he wants to make sure to get input from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.

“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,” the president tweeted. “I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected.”

The NRA, however, came out against new background check laws the day before, noting more background checks wouldn’t have prevented either suspect in the recent Dayton and El Paso shootings from obtaining firearms. (Read more from “Is Trump Headed for a Post-Shooting Gun Control Fight with the NRA?” HERE)

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