A Trump administration background check proposal is circulating on Capitol Hill — but Republicans won’t even review it until President Donald Trump has given it his stamp of approval.
According to Politico, the document emerged as Attorney General William Barr and White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland started meeting with Republican senators, though no one is willing to take ownership of the proposal until Trump makes a move. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said emphatically that it is “not a White House document.”
“You don’t need to worry about what’s floating around,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Politico. “We aren’t going to do anything that the President isn’t going to sign anyway.”
Trump’s approval will be harder to come by after the NRA’s reaction: Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, called it a “non-starter.” The proposal would expand background checks to all commercial sale of guns.