Gun background-check proposal gets legs with Trump support


President Donald Trump addresses the nation after the school shooting in Florida Wednesday (White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald Trump addresses the nation after the school shooting in Florida Feb. 14, 2018 (White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

In the wake of the horrific Valentine’s Day school massacre in Florida, the Trump administration expressed its support Monday for legislation that would increase federal background checks for gun purchases.

President Trump is “supportive” of measures to ramp up the federal background system for guns, the White House said.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday.

Trump has reportedly spoken with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, about the plan. He has also met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to talk about his legislative agenda and discuss the shooting.

“It’s clear the president is interested in getting something done,” a Cornyn spokesman told the Washington Examiner.

Cornyn has already introduced a bill called the Fix NICS Act, which references the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The NICS system processed more than 25 million applications in 2017. It relies on state and federal officials to provide reports concerning criminal convictions and mental illnesses that would legally prohibit individuals from buying firearms.

Cornyn’s bill seeks to penalize federal agencies if they don’t provide pertinent details about criminal history to the NICS system. The legislation is sponsored by Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal. It has passed the House and is endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

The plan also suggests providing states with financial incentives to report background information more thoroughly and accurately.

Cornyn proposed the legislation after it was revealed the U.S. Air Force failed to alert federal law enforcement about Texas church shooter Devin Kelley’s violent past. Kelley had been convicted of domestic violence in 2014 when he served at Holloman Air Force Click to see the original article