White House readies gun plan, but Trump still conflicted

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WASHINGTON – The White House is preparing to roll out its plan to reduce gun violence next week, even as President Donald Trump remains conflicted behind the scenes on what provisions he will ultimately support and Senate Republicans continue to say they will only consider proposals endorsed by the president.

White House aides have been scrambling for ideas that would allow the president to argue he is addressing the issue of mass shootings but would still be palatable to the National Rifle Association. Trump has said in recent days that he is open to supporting an expansion of background checks on certain gun sales, but he is under pressure from many Republicans and the gun lobby to abandon the idea.

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans – who are wary of any new gun…

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