Schumer Wants Trump to Redirect $5B in Border Money to Gun Initiatives

2020 Democrats are talking gun control. Will they propose ideas that would actually work

Schumer says border wall money should be used to fight gun violence

Congress is on its summer recess until after Labor Day, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has resisted Democratic calls to have lawmakers return early.

Schumer's office said he will formally petition the president to put the funding toward gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security counterviolent extremism programs, FBI domestic-terrorism investigations and other programs.

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Though there have been more mass shootings than days this year, McConnell's aides have reportedly let it be known that their boss doesn't intend to endorse any gun control legislation.

"Is it the solution to all this violence?"

Hoyer said the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over gun control, will return to Washington early to consider yet another legislation that would make it easier for states to deny legal gun ownership to people deemed a threat to themselves or others, ban some semi-automatic rifles, and ban higher-capacity magazines.

At times, the president has voiced support for toughening background checks for gun buyers.

McConnell told a radio interviewer on August 8 that calling the Senate back into session early would only lead to political posturing. "I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up the issue next month, and President Donald Trump has indicated his support for some type of change.

Trump provided no details on what he and McConnell may have planned.

The Senate could consider a weaker version of the House legislation which would exempt all gun transfers, including sales between close family members, from background checks.

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