Speaking at a rally against gun violence in San Francisco, Pelosi said, “We just are trying to hit it in every possible way,” to try and curb mass shootings across the country.
“Of course we want the Senate to pass the background check legislation, which will save more lives than any of the initiatives we have,” she said. The Democratic-controlled House passed legislation to strengthen background checks last year but it’s stalled in the Senate.
“Each one of them is a place where we can save lives. Each one of them is a place where we hope to have bipartisan support to get the job done,” Pelosi said.
The package being considered by the Judiciary Committee, known as the “Protecting our Kids Act,” would likely pass the House but wouldn’t overcome a Republican-led filibuster in the Senate.
The Senate’s discussions revolve around less restrictive gun measures than the House Judiciary Committee’s bill, including strengthening background checks and incentivizing mental health initiatives.
As part of the package of potential changes, senators are looking at strengthening state laws allowing authorities to take away weapons from individuals deemed a risk, known as red flag laws. Leading that part of the discussions are Sens. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.
After Wednesday afternoon’s meeting, Blumenthal released a statement saying talks on that issue, and the safe storage of guns, are moving in a positive direction.
CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.Source link