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Wash­ing­ton : U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says “se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions” are tak­ing place be­tween con­gres­sional lead­ers on “mean­ing­ful” back­ground checks for gun own­ers fol­low­ing two mass shoot­ings.

On Twit­ter, Mr Trump also said he had spo­ken to the gun lobby group Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (NRA) so their views can be “rep­re­sented and re­spected”. The NRA op­poses ex­ten­sive checks. Democrats want the Se­nate to be re­called from re­cess to en­act im­me­di­ate leg­is­la­tion on gun con­trol. Mr Trump - who did not spec­ify which steps he would sup­port - weighed in af­ter days of dis­agree­ment on how the US should re­spond to its lat­est mass shoot­ings.

As he pre­pared to leave the White

House on a trip to

New York, he said:

“Frankly, we need in­tel­li­gent back­ground checks.

This isn’t a question of NRA, Repub­li­can, or Demo­crat.”

But he sin­gled out men­tal health is­sues, say­ing: “We don’t want peo­ple who are men­tally ill, peo­ple who are sick - we don’t want them hav­ing guns.” BBC

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