Alexander, Corker back bill aimed at strengthening gun background checks

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are co-sponsors of legislation intended to strengthen background checks for gun buyers and a White House spokeswoman says President Trump, while not endorsing a specific proposal, “is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.”

From Michael Collins’ report:

 “We need to make existing background checks more effective,” Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a statement Monday.

The legislation would help ensure “that federal agencies and states get information about individuals who should be prohibited from buying a gun into the national background check system,” he said.

The bill provides financial incentives to states and federal agencies to work harder to comply with laws requiring them to report criminal and mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

…”I have long supported improving how our background check system operates, while at the same time ensuring that Second Amendment rights are not infringed upon,” said Corker, R-Tenn. “The Fix NICS Act meets that test, and I am proud to be a cosponsor of this piece of legislation.

“It is very important that federal agencies and state governments take the time to comply with existing federal law and submit the relevant information to NICS in order to ensure that those who have lost their right to possess a firearm are prohibited from purchasing one.”

Note: The New York Times report on Trump’s position and related gun matters is HERE.

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