President Donald Trump will unveil gun-control proposals — including changes to background checks — in the coming weeks, the White House says, reports Politico. Trump and his aides on Wednesday would only say that the president will offer ways to close “loopholes” in the background check system, while declining to disclose details. The plan likely will include other legislation and executive actions addressing domestic terrorism, violent video games and mental health treatment. The package will be timed to Congress’s return in early September. Trump has baffled lawmakers and advocacy groups with his comments on gun control. At times, he has appeared to want expanded background checks for gun purchasers, but at other times has emphasized current “very strong background checks” and stressed the need for better mental health treatment.
On Wednesday, Trump and his aides accused media outlets of inaccurately reporting that Trump had told gun rights advocates he would not push to expand background checks. “There are all types of background checks,” said Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. “If somebody is disturbed, if someone needs treatment, if someone should not have a firearm because of a criminal background, a felony, mental health issues, we have to make sure those folks do not procure firearms.” Trump said Wednesday that the background check system is “already strong” but that he has “an appetite” for addressing some deficiencies in the federal process he did not identify. “We have background checks, but there are loopholes in the background checks. That’s what I spoke to the [National Rifle Association] about yesterday,” he said. “They want to get rid of the loopholes as well as I do. At the same time, I don’t want to take away people’s Second Amendment rights.”