Meet the Press   |  March 31, 2013

Schumer’s pulse check on gun control reform

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York discusses the current state of the background check requirement and larger gun control legislation pending in the Senate.

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>> i want to move to guns very quickly. we've seen the polling. we know the president came out and urged, noted it was less than 100 days . we've seen the polling that support for stricter gun laws is slipping, was over 50% right after newtown. it's now below 50%. what's possible anymore? in january you said on "meet the press" the expanded background check bill was probably, you called it the sweet spot , which a lot of people interpreted as the only piece of legislation that had a chance of passing. is that still your assessment?

>> well, i wouldn't say the only piece of legislation, but i called it the sweet spot because it would do a whole lot of good and had a good chance of passing. i'm working very hard with both democrats and republicans, pro-nra and anti-nra people, to come up with a background check bill that will be acceptable to 60 senators and be very strong and get the job done. it's very hard. we're working hard and i'm very hopeful we can get this passed.

>> it's a fragile coalition. new york city mayor michael bloomberg is running ads, not just against republicans on this issue, but against your fellow democrats in the u.s. senate including hieidi hide camp in north dakota and other red state democratic senators. is michael bloomberg being helpful to your cause as you try to put this this coalition together?

>> i respect mayor bloomberg 's passion on this and let's not forget the argument -- the ads and the sort of field organization has always been on the other side on the pro-gun side. and so to have a counter there is very helpful. obviously each senator is going to have to make up his own or her own mand and i respect that.

>> but does this hurt your cause as you try to recruit a heidi heidekamp on your side?

>> i have a great deal of respect for that.

>> senator schumer, i have to leave it there. we have a businessy morning and a packed show. i thank you.

>> thank you.

>> happy passover.

>> nice to talk to you.