Conway: Republican concerns about gun reform 'all reconcilable'

Conway: Republican concerns about gun reform 'all reconcilable'
© UPI Photo

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth Conway'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits George Conway says Senate GOP knows Trump is 'guilty': 'What are they afraid of?' Kellyanne Conway: Martin Luther King would oppose impeaching Trump MORE on Sunday expressed optimism that Republican senators who have been skeptical about gun control measures would cooperate with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE, saying their concerns are “all reconcilable.”

Amid Trump’s claims that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum No. 2 GOP leader eyes Wednesday of next week for possible votes on witnesses MORE (R-Ky.) will join him in pushing for stronger background checks, “Fox News Sunday” guest host Bill Hemmer asked Conway about comments by Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWhat to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, casting doubt on so-called red-flag laws.

ADVERTISEMENT

“That’s all reconcilable,” Conway responded, telling Hemmer that the Trump administration simply wants "to make sure that people who shouldn’t have firearms don’t.”

For example, she said, “I think the fact pattern in Dayton is really very compelling to many Americans,” noting that the suspected killer of nine people in the Ohio city last weekend reportedly composed a “rape list” of girls and a “kill list” of boys in high school.

“Then when he becomes an adult, that information does not follow into his record,” allowing him to  legally buy a gun, Conway added. “Most people look at that, left, right and center, and say ‘how does that happen?’ ”

“We can protect people’s civil liberties, privacy, constitutional rights and public safety all at the same time,” she added.

The Trump administration banned “bump stocks” after a shooter in Las Vegas used the devices, but the president has repeatedly backed stronger background checks after mass shootings and then retreated from the idea.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre reportedly reached out to Trump after mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, to tell him the organization opposed stronger background checks.