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Schumer Statement On President Trump Backing Away From Supporting Meaningful Background Checks Legislation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after President Trump appeared to again back away from supporting meaningful background checks legislation:

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right. These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence. The way forward is for Senator McConnell to put the bipartisan House-passed universal background checks bill on the Senate floor for a vote immediately.”