The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and the gun debate (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump has met again with top National Rifle Association officials as he weighs ideas for preventing the next school shooting.

Trump tweeted Thursday evening that he'd had a "Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!"

The group's executive director, Chris Cox, is also tweeting about the meeting, saying Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the NRA "want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people."

Cox adds that Trump and Pence "support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don't want gun control."

Trump has voiced support for several measures the NRA opposes, including raising the minimum age for purchasing assault rifles to 21.

Trump has challenged members of Congress to defy the NRA, while repeatedly praising the group.


3:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump will be meeting with members of the video game industry next week as he continues to discuss ways to prevent school shootings.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says discussions are "ongoing" about the best way to move forward and progress is "something that we don't expect to happen overnight."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Thursday that he doesn't expect gun legislation to move forward next week.

Trump has repeatedly referenced violence in movies and video games during conversations about guns and school safety since the Florida shooting.

Trump said yesterday that he looks at some of the things his son Barron watches and thinks, "How is that possible?'"


2:30 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a bipartisan gun bill to boost compliance with federal background checks won't be the next order of business in the Senate.

McConnell told reporters Thursday that while he'd like the Senate to consider the legislation from Republican John Cornyn of Texas and Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut, he would instead be moving next week to a banking bill unrelated to the gun debate.

He says of gun legislation, "We'd love to do that at some point," and he's "hoping there's a way forward."

The Cornyn-Murphy bill is seen as a modest effort to provide incentives to agencies that comply with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and to penalize those that fail to submit records properly on those ineligible for gun purchase.

It is stalled in the Senate.


1:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump has phoned Sen. Pat Toomey to express support for his proposal on background checks for gun purchases. Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia wrote bipartisan legislation on the subject and Trump appears to consider it the main bill Congress

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