Hoyer: Lack of movement’ on gun control ‘unfortunate’

House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPelosi wants party leadership elections post-Thanksgiving The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution Dems struggle with unity amid leadership tensions MORE (D-Md.) early Thursday lamented the lack of movement on gun control in Congress weeks after the shooting at a high school Parkland, Fla., saying it is "unfortunate."

"There has been no movement here," Hoyer told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day."

"We have been trying to get comprehensive background checks, which the overwhelming majority, 97 percent of the public supports taking steps so that everyone has a background check," he continued. 

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Hoyer pointed to Republicans for the lack of movement.

"I think that the only conclusion one can draw is that the [National Rifle Association] is opposed to it, and they don't want to offend the NRA," he said. 

The Florida House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday that would increase the minimum age for buying most firearms and contribute millions of dollars to ramping up school security, including training and arming school personnel.

The bill would also establish mental health programs for schools, and works to prevent individuals who display signs of mental illness from obtaining firearms. 

The legislation will head next to Gov. Rick Scott's (R) desk. 

The legislation was in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which took the lives of 17 people and left numerous others injured.