On Wednesday, however, Murphy appeared hopeful that the politics of gun reform had evolved over the past several years, saying he would work over the next two weeks to bring a bill to the floor of the Senate that would require universal background checks for firearms sales.
The House already passed such a bill earlier this month, as well as another measure that would allow an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases, closing the so-called Charleston loophole. But both pieces of legislation are unlikely to achieve the 60 votes necessary to win approval in the Senate.
I know a lot of people count us out [and] think that the politics are still the same as they were a decade ago, Murphy said. I dont think they are. Ive talked to a lot of Republicans that I dont think want to stay on the outside of this issue for the next 10 years. So were going to work this thing really hard.
President Joe Biden demanded Tuesday that the Senate immediately consider the two gun reform bills from the House, and he also called for a federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The White House has said it is open to exploring executive action to counter the gun violence epidemic, but Vice President Kamala Harris stressed Wednesday that the administration would prefer congressional action.
“I dont think the president is excluding that, Harris told CBS This Morning, referring to potential unilateral action by Biden. But if we really want something that is going to be lasting,” then lawmakers must send legislation to the presidents desk.