(CNSNews.com) - "Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks," President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday.
"I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected. Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!"
Later, in remarks to reporters, President Trump said, "We need intelligent background checks."
He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is "totally onboard," as are some "pretty hardline" Republican senators. "And they understand...we don't want guns in the hands of the wrong people," Trump said.
"I think that the Republicans are going to be great at leading the charge, along with the Democrats." He said he had a "great talk" with both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about getting something done on background checks.
"We'll see where the NRA will be," Trump said. "But we have to have meaningful background checks." He used the word "meaningful" repeatedly.
He praised the NRA as "great patriots." I think in the end, Wayne (LaPierre) and the NRA will either be there, or maybe be a little bit more neutral."
Trump noted that the NRA has taken a strong stance against gun control, "and I understand, you know, it's a slippery slope. They think, you're pro one thing, and that leads to a lot of bad things." Nevertheless, Trump said he wants to see "meaningful" background checks happen.
He said it can be done when the congressional recess is over.
"We also have to talk about age," Trump said. He noted that the Dayton killer had done "things that were really bad" as a juvenile, but the record was expunged when he turned 18. "We're going to have to get rid of that barrier," Trump said.