WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) – After mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is grappling with how his party can respond to a changing moment in American politics on guns.
Sen. McConnell has been the biggest roadblock to new gun legislation, and now the pressure is mounting on him to take action.
Some Democrats are demanding he call the Senate from its five-week recess to vote on a House-passed universal background checks bill.
Sen. McConnell didn’t call back the Senate, but he did open the door to considering legislation to curb gun violence, writing in a statement, “Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part.”
In a private conference call, sources said McConnell dispatched three committee chairmen including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to find a package of reforms that could garner bi-partisan support and be signed into law by the president.
Proposals could include Trump priorities like limiting guns for people with severe mental health issues, studying the impact of violent video games or pushing red flag laws to take guns from potentially dangerous individuals.
Former McConnell advisor Scott Jennings told CNN that Sen. McConnell is ready to act but time is running out.
(This story was originally published on August 7, 2019)