"I think there’s a great appetite to do something with regard to making sure that mentally unstable, seriously ill people aren’t carrying guns," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. "I have not seen it with regard to certain types of weapons."
Trump said he is in favour of background checks and has already scheduled meetings with members of Congress on the issue. He also said that he would bring up the topic of an assault-rifle ban in his talks with lawmakers.
"I think both Republican and Democrats are getting close to a bill on background checks," Trump said.
Trump left the White House and is en route to visit El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where two shooters killed at least 31 people over the weekend.