On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand background checks for all gun purchases, including those made on private property.
But even if the Senate passes it and President Donald Trump signs it, it’s unclear whether the president would sign the bill into law.
“This is something that has been talked about for years, but it’s a difficult piece of legislation to get passed,” said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who co-sponsored the bill with Reps.
David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Ted Lieu, D+1.
The White House has repeatedly said it would like to see the bill signed by the president, but the White, Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate are still working out the details.
Trump’s announcement in December that he would not sign the gun-control measure sparked a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers were drafting the legislation, including crafting a “no-fly” list that could be used to restrict private sales of weapons.
The list was designed to identify those who are “known to be involved with terrorist organizations” and could be added to a nationwide list of people who are prohibited from purchasing firearms.
The gun-rights community has been fighting for months to expand background check measures to include private sales and gun shows, and the push was intensified after the Orlando nightclub shooting in December, in which 49 people were killed.
The legislation passed by the House would expand the federal background check system to include sales on private properties, which the Senate is expected to take up in a matter of days.
But the legislation would still allow guns to be sold at gun shows or at gun-show facilities.
The NRA-ILA, a lobbying group for the gun industry, called the bill a “watered down” version of the measure that would allow gun shows to continue while the background check process would be expanded.
It was unclear whether there would be any major changes to the legislation if the House or Senate both passes it, or whether the House could vote on a new version and the Senate could reject it.
If both the House (and Senate) vote to approve the bill, it would go to Trump for signature.
If he rejects the bill and signs it into law, the new law would go into effect on July 1, 2018.
The bill has been supported by gun control advocates, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Civil Liberties Union.
In the meantime, the National Rifle Association is still pressuring Trump to sign it.
“The White House’s failure to take action on background check legislation is further evidence that they are unwilling to stand up to the NRA’s leadership and the NRA-backed gun lobby,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre in a statement on Wednesday.
“As Congress continues its efforts to advance common-sense gun reforms, the NRA will continue to fight for the commonsense measures that protect Second Amendment rights while keeping dangerous people from owning firearms.”
The Brady Campaign also issued a statement saying it is “deeply disappointed that the White Senate has rejected a bill to expand gun background checks to private gun shows and gun-free zones.”
“We have a long record of supporting comprehensive gun safety measures in the House, and we urge the president to continue working with the bipartisan Congress to expand the background checks on all gun sales to all Americans,” said Josh Sugarmann, the group’s president and CEO.
“We look forward to the Senate working with Trump to pass a bipartisan background check bill that includes common-ground reforms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists and help keep guns from the wrong people at the wrong places.”
On Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the White house did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Brady Center, a gun-violence prevention organization, issued a similar statement: “We are disappointed that President Trump has not acted on this critical piece of common-sensical gun legislation.
It will do nothing to prevent gun violence and make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.”
The group said that it’s looking forward to working with Congress to pass the measure.