WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is talking with congressional leaders and considering tougher background checks for gun buyers as lawmakers coalesce around the idea of so-called "red flag" laws following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
“I'm looking to do background checks,” Trump told reporters at the White House as he departed for Dayton, where he met with shooting survivors and first responders. “I think background checks are important.”
Trump, who will also visit El Paso later Wednesday, said he senses there is “a very strong appetite” for background checks, though many lawmakers have so far mostly focused publicly on so-called “red flag” laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who are an imminent danger to themselves or others.
Trump indicated there wasn’t a “political appetite” for limiting gun magazines.
"There is a great appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks," he said. "I think we can bring up background checks."