White House, DOJ reportedly testing the water on background check proposal amongst Republicans


by Sean Walton, The Daily Sheeple:

The White House and the Department of Justice has met with several Republican congressmen and senators over a proposal to expand background checks to include currently legal, private sales that take place at gun shows, the Daily Caller reported. A working “idea sheet” mimics the Toomey-Manchin bill, which is said to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

The proposal would require “all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows,” to go through a background check at a Federal Firearms Licensee or a newly-created group of licensed transfer agents.

From the Caller: 

One source familiar with the meetings said that Barr pitched the legislation by warning that a lack of action could electrify the Democratic base prior to the 2020 election. Barr also did not consider the background check legislation a gun control measure, instead painting it as a tool to assist law enforcement in cracking down on gun smugglers, the source explained.

Another person familiar described the efforts to get Republicans on board as superficial, noting that there was no draft text or other follow-up action promised to them after the meeting.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-SD) said Trump will have to decide what he’s okay with.

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