Legislative limbo: Sen. Toomey continues to push background checks for guns

Washington-DC

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – This weekend marks one year since the deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gunman is accused of killing 11 people.  In the past year, Democrats and Republicans have tried and failed to pass legislation to slow the pace of mass shootings in America.

“It’s a reminder of one of the most horrific tragedies in Pennsylvania’s recent history,” said Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

Sen. Toomey said he has not given up on his efforts to expand background checks for gun buyers.

“That would make it more difficult for people who have no right to buy a firearm to buy a firearm. That’s violent criminals and the dangerous and mentally ill,” said Toomey.

Despite bi-partisan support, Senator Toomey’s bill has been stuck in legislative limbo. Toomey said he remains optimistic that he’ll eventually gain support from Congress and the White House.

Earlier this week, other Republicans, including Senator John Cornyn, introduced their own plan to expand access to mental health care and crack down on unlicensed gun dealers.

“Unless you can get the votes and build consensus and get the president’s signature on it, then it’s really an exercise in futility,” said Cornyn.

But when asked about where he stands on reducing gun violence on Friday, President Trump blamed Democrats for stalled talks.

“The do nothing Democrats have no time to do it,” said President Trump.

President Trump pointed the finger at the impeachment inquiry sayings it’s distracting lawmakers from getting any bills passed. Toomey agrees impeachment talks have polarized Congress and the nation.

“But that’s not a reason to give up,” Toomey said.

Toomey said he’s committed to take action to prevent future mass shootings.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
72%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Rain. Low 49F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
49°F Rain. Low 49F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Crowley

38°F Clear Feels like 32°
Wind
10 mph E
Humidity
67%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
49°F Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Opelousas

36°F Clear Feels like 36°
Wind
3 mph E
Humidity
64%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Periods of rain. Low around 45F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
49°F Periods of rain. Low around 45F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Breaux Bridge

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
3 mph E
Humidity
62%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 47F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
49°F Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 47F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

New Iberia

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
76%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few clouds from time to time. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.
48°F A few clouds from time to time. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
5 mph ESE
Precip
70%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent

Local News

More Local

Sidebar