Schumer demands votes on multiple gun control proposals

Schumer demands votes on multiple gun control proposals
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Senate Democrats are demanding a wide-ranging gun control debate, including votes on multiple proposals such as the dramatic expansion of background checks for gun purchases. 

Schumer, who met earlier Tuesday with the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, said the students are pressing for the adoption of universal background checks in the wake of the shooting. 


“We in Congress have an obligation to pass meaningful gun safety legislation that will save lives and tackle as many of the loopholes and problems with our gun laws as we can,” Schumer told reporters.

Schumer spoke shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator blocking Trump's Intel nominee Spending bill delay raises risk of partial government shutdown support GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE (R-Ky.) expressed support for a narrow bill to incentivize state and federal authorities to provide information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The Democratic leader called that proposal “a modest step designed to address one component of gun safety.”

Schumer said he supports the bill but warned, “if that is all Congress does, we won’t have done our job to keep America’s families safe.” 

“We Democrats at a minimum believe we should be passing a universal background check legislation that ensures that guns don’t fall in the wrong hands,” he said.

He said Democrats “have a number of other proposals that ought to be debated and voted” on in the Senate.

Schumer said he will press McConnell for a “real debate on gun safety” and promised a list of different proposals but declined to say what specific amendments he and his colleagues would offer.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate Intel releases election security findings | Facebook to meet with officials on Capitol Hill amid Cambridge Analytica fallout | Orbitz admits possible breach Facebook to meet with officials on Capitol Hill amidst Cambridge Analytica fallout Dem Sen demands answers from Zuckerberg over Facebook Cambridge scandal MORE (D-Minn.), who spoke alongside Schumer at the leadership press conference, said proposals to ban bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire more rapidly, and restrict the sale of assault-style rifles are also on the table.