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“The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are the latest, horrific examples of the violent scourge that is gripping America,” says Pa. Senator Pat Toomey. “The perpetrators of these murders are cowards. We can and must do more to keep guns out of the hands of psychopaths.”

In a news brief sent Aug. 13, 2019, Toomey says: 

“Since the shootings last weekend, I have had good conversations with President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and a number of my Senate colleagues about how we can make progress on gun safety while fully respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

“We should work to address three shortfalls in our current background check system.

Bipartisan legislation, such as what I offered with Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) several years ago, would be a good place to start. The Manchin-Toomey bill requires background checks for all commercial sales, including sales at gun shows or over the Internet that are not currently subject to background checks.

“We must also enforce existing gun laws. I've introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) that directs the FBI to notify state law enforcement when a person who's  prohibited from getting a gun lies about their criminal background in an attempt to buy one. That is a felony - and it goes almost entirely unprosecuted today. I discussed our legislation at length during a press conference this week in Philadelphia.

“I also agree with Senator Lindsey Graham that we should pass a bipartisan "red flag" measure that enables families and law enforcement to obtain a court order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals while respecting due process rights.

“While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it's past time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer. I am encouraged by the willingness of President Trump to engage with me and Senator Manchin on this issue and I will continue working to build support for these commonsense approaches to help keep our communities safe.”