Trump supports improving background checks on gun owners, White House says

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February 19, 2018

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The White House said Monday that President Trump supports improvements to the federal system of background checks on gun ownership, in the wake of last week’s mass school shooting in Florida.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump spoke on Friday with Republican Sen. Jon Cornyn of Texas about legislation he’s proposed with Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, “to improve federal compliance with criminal background check legislation.”

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” she said.

Mr. Cornyn introduced the bill aimed at strengthening the federal background check database following a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 people died. It seeks to ensure that federal and state authorities accurately report relevant information, including criminal history, to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Peter says:

    I support having the FBI do its job for a change and not pandering to the democratic party as they have in the past decades.

  • Navy Bob says:

    While I agree these background checks should be done sooner, how about asking the agency responsible what is taking so long? Democrats in Congress slowed down on Presidential Appointees hearings and it took a herculean effort to get a cabinet sat, with many Deputies Obama hold overs left in place (a mistake it turned out to be judging from the number who have been causing trouble for the Administration by their actions and comments). I am not sure who granted the interim clearances or if they are holding up the final ones, but I remember my interim Secret and TS clearances were for a specific (short) period of time and limited to a small amount of material until my final came through. But mine was with the Military and not political:Military investigators get in trouble if they drag their feet.

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