White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayYoungkin leads McAuliffe among likely voters: poll Poll from conservative group shows tight governor's race in Virginia Psaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards MORE on Sunday expressed optimism that Republican senators who have been skeptical about gun control measures would cooperate with President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE, saying their concerns are “all reconcilable.”
Amid Trump’s claims that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' 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 BarrassoHouse Democrat: Staff is all vaccinated 'because they don't like to be dead' Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Lobbying world MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, casting doubt on so-called red-flag laws.
“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.