Senate Majority Leader McConnell 'Open' To 'Serious Suggestions' for Gun Control
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled a willingness to support possible gun control measures.
McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he will be meeting with FBI director James Comey and Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday to discuss ways to stop terrorists from obtaining firearms.
"If we want to engage in a serious legislative effort, we’re going to talk to the experts about what we could do to be helpful," McConnell said. "Our suspicion is this is basically a politically motivated effort that we’re likely to see on Commerce, Justice, and State, but we’re open. Nobody wants terrorists to have firearms. We’re open to serious suggestions from the experts as to what we might be able to do to be helpful."
It's unclear what specific measures McConnell will be open to, although Hot Air's Allahpundit speculates that McConnell may have been referring to the Democrats' proposal to ban those on the terror watch list from obtaining a firearm–which is something that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump supports.
"Is he maybe trying to do Trump a solid here by taking up gun control on an issue where the GOP nominee agrees with the left?" writes Allahpundit. "What’s the strategy?"
Allahpundit also wondered if McConnell may have been open to Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) proposal in December to allow the government to delay a gun transaction for up to 72 hours, while having the opportunity to prove that there's "probable cause" that the person trying to buy a firearm is involved with terrorism and the gun transaction should be blocked, although that proposal has not been discussed among elected officials in recent days.
"Is he maybe trying to do Trump a solid here by taking up gun control on an issue where the GOP nominee agrees with the left?"
If McConnell were to actually support the Democrats' proposal to ban those on the terror watch list from purchasing a firearm, not only would it be bad policy, since it violates due process rights but it would also be a bad political strategy, since it could depress the GOP base turnout in the general election, as it would be yet another betrayal of the Senate GOP by capitulating to the Democrats.