From the Morning Memo:

A day after U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly demandred an AR-15 ban, the New York Democrat sidestepped a question about whether doing so would actually be effective, preferring to focus on a different gun control goal.

“Should there be a debate on assault weapons? Yes, but number one goal is background checks, universal,” he said.

Schumer pushed for legislation mandating universal background checks for gun buyers during a swing through Western New York yesterday. He said it’s a measure the vast majority of Americans – including gun owners – support.

“I believe in the 2nd Amendment,” the senator said. “I supported the Heller Decision. There’s a right to bear arms. Everybody has a right to bear arms. But we all agree that felons, people adjudicated mentally ill, shouldn’t be able to buy arms, and a universal background check would stop them without impinging on everybody else.”

It’s unclear where the president stands right now. Last week, during a meeting with lawmakers, he seemed to express support for universal background checks – among other gun control measures – a move made on live TV that stunned his fellow Republicans.

But a few days later, following a meeting between Trump and National Rifle Association officials, the White House couched the idea.

Schumer said the president should “meet with everybody,” as he and members of Congress wrestle with the the question of what to do about guns. “But I hope he sticks to what he said on Wednesday,” the senator added.

When asked in Buffalo if New York’s SAFE Act should be used as a model for the rest of the nation, Schumer replied: “No, I think we ought to stick to the federal legislation.”

Schumer also appeared to reject the idea of raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, noting that without universal background checks, there would be ways around any age restrictions.