California Representative and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that gun control will be one of the top priorities of the Democratic majority that was elected in the latest midterms.
“I do believe, because in this Congress…there is bipartisan legislation to have common sense background checks to prevent guns going into the wrong hands. It doesn’t cover everything, but it will save many lives,” Pelosi said on CNN.
“This will be a priority for us going into the next Congress,” she added.
Speaking just a day after a mass shooting in a bar in California where some 12 people were killed, Pelosi mentioned current House Speaker Paul Ryan and asserted that he avoided bringing up this issue to House floor because, according to Pelosi, he was certain it would pass.
Public talk of various gun control measures, ranging from universal background checks to an assault weapons ban, has grown in recent months following several high-profile mass shootings and a groundswell of activism from younger voters.
Pelosi cited such public support when asked if any legislation passed in the Democrat-controlled House will be accepted in the Republican-controlled Senate.