The Department of Justice has sent a package of legislative proposals on gun violence to the White House, a person familiar with the matter told Fox News, as the debate rages over how lawmakers and the president should respond to a recent spate of deadly mass shootings.
The White House has had the proposals for two weeks, according to the source, but has not yet sent anything along to Capitol Hill. It was not immediately clear what proposals are included in the DOJ package.
President Trump has signaled a willingness to at least consider new measures – while insisting he will also defend Second Amendment rights. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidates have gone so far as to urge mandatory gun buyback programs and other far-reaching measures.
In the wake of deadly shootings in Texas and Ohio that have jolted the country anew, the president suggested he could throw his support behind strengthened background checks as well as so-called “red flag” laws that would take firearms away from those deemed a risk to themselves or others. But he seems to have backed off that potential strategy of late, emphasizing in recent weeks that his administration is focused on mental health solutions.
“I am hopeful Congress will engage with my Team to pass meaningful legislation that will make a real difference and, most importantly, Save Lives!” the president tweeted last month.