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McConnell Rejects Mayors' Call For Urgent Senate Session For Gun Control Law

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected a call by more than 200 mayors to expedite moves to pass long-pending gun control legislation in the wake of last weekend's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

The House passed a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases in February, but McConnell has thus far refused to take action on the legislation.

This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between unlicensed individuals unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

In a letter signed by 214 city mayors, McConnell was urged to bring Senators back to Washington by cutting short the August recess to vote on the issue.

"The tragic events in El Paso and Dayton this weekend are just the latest reminders that our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them," the United States Conference of Mayors wrote in the letter.

McConnell responded by saying that instead of calling a special session, lawmakers will use the next few weeks to gather ideas to find a bipartisan legislative solution.

"We're going to have these bipartisan discussions and when we get back (from the recess), hopefully, be able to come together and actually pass something," McConnell said in an interview with News Radio 840 WHAS.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to invoke his presidential powers to call the Senate back into session and address gun control legislation.

"Donald Trump, after the horrific loss in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton & Chicago, I urge you to call Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the US Senate back to DC to vote on House-passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation," Pelosi said on Twitter. "It is our duty to do something."

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