Democratic leaders in Washington ratcheted up the pressure on President Donald Trump and Republicans on the issue of gun control, after a wave of mass shootings during a six-week recess for Congress, saying at a forum on Tuesday that the Senate must act to curb gun violence.
"It's really 'Gun Sense, ' if you think about it", Trump said, suggesting that any bill lawmakers come up with should bear that name.
"We're going to take a look at a lot of different things, and we'll be reporting back in a fairly short period of time".
Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Chris Murphy of CT cautioned that they did not win Trump's endorsement of their background check bill during their 40-minute telephone conversation.
The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday that Michael B. Williams, who was appointed as Trump's deputy assistant and counselor to the chief of staff in April, has been heavily involved in the White House's gun policy initiatives.
"I can assure you the bill. has over 85 percent approval and that's with gun owners and everyone else saying if you go to a commercial transaction, gun show, or on the Internet, don't you think you ought to know who wants to buy that gun and for what objective and what their background is? Some things will never happen ... and some very meaningful things can happen", he said.
"We're just proposing simple, universal background checks, and you know, with H.R. 8 that's been passed earlier this year, if Republicans don't want to agree to that, then frankly, they're being completely unreasonable and we have to press forward with our agenda because kids are dying".
Lawmakers in both parties have appeared to be moving toward a stalemate.
Asked if he supported background checks on all private gun sales, the president was non-committal. Many Republicans say that isn't something they would support.
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced three more gun control measures along party lines, including a bill that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines that allow rapid firing without reloading.
The bipartisan Toomey-Manchin legislation failed to pass the Senate in 2013, and many Republicans continue to oppose the idea as an infringement on gun rights.
Multiple recent polls show widespread public support for stricter background checks.