White House to Congress: Veto likely on pending gun control bills
By Chris Eger
The North Portico fountain of the White House spouts during a snow storm Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. President Trump’s adminstration this wek warned two gun control bills on background checks could get a cold reception if they are sent his way. (Photo: D. Myles Cullen/White House)
As Democrats on Capitol Hill are poised to a vote on two new gun control bills, the White House is pouring cold water on the move.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calf., has scheduled a vote this week on a pair of measures to expand and enhance background checks on guns. The bills, H.R.8 and H.R.1112, would require a check on most private gun transfers and could allow pending checks to linger for 20 business days, respectively. With a roll call possible as early as Wednesday, President Trump’s administration is warning that if the legislation reaches his desk, veto ink could be waiting.
In a letter sent to lawmakers, the White House slammed H.R.8 as authorizing “burdensome requirements” on some gun transfers including very narrow exceptions that “would not sufficiently protect the Second Amendment right of individuals to keep and bear arms.”
To highlight the potential pitfalls inherent in the bill, the Administration pointed out that a