"Background checks - I will say that for the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or five...going back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks they would not have stopped any of it".
"We know that to save as many lives as possible, the Senate must pass this bill and the President must sign it", they added. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pass it in the Senate.
McConnell has made clear that he won't allow any legislation on the floor without an ironclad promise of support from Trump, and is well aware of the President's fickleness on gun control particularly.
The push for universal background checks comes amid mass shootings in Texas and OH last month that left over 30 people dead and wounded many others.
It was a downbeat signal from Trump on finding common ground with political rivals on the issue, which gained momentum after an August book-ended by gruesome shooting sprees.
Federal law already requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on gun purchasers and transferees. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sens. "And so, we do, in fact, await word from the White House about what the president is willing to sign", McConnell said.
In their statement, Pelosi and Schumer touted the House-passed gun measures as "bipartisan, commonsense legislation to expand background checks, which is supported by more than 90 percent of the American people".
Polls show an overwhelming majority of the public supports tightening gun laws.
The White House did not comment on the call and did not respond to a request for a comment.
The White House and Capitol Hill are considering a phone app connected to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) as one of the options in their discussions for plans to reduce gun violence, according to a Senate source and a person familiar with the talks. That's why we're demanding he bring common sense gun control legislation up for a vote and calling on our colleagues in Congress to join us in taking to the Senate floor this week for a full court press.
The call came after Trump was briefed by advisers last Thursday about his options on gun control.
The proposal wasn't finalized and is still awaiting sign-off from the President, the sources said. Officials did not delve into specific legislative details and Trump did not appear interested in some of the nitty-gritty of how each proposal would work, a person familiar with the briefing said said.
The app idea is one in a roster of ideas being mulled by Trump as he comes under pressure to act on guns. Some include plans to allow minors' records to be included in the background check database, alerts for local authorities when someone fails a background check, and applying bigger penalties to those who buy guns.