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World Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys: WHouse

01:00  20 february  2018
01:00  20 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

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US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the In fact, Cruz actually had bought seven rifles and had access to another three, according to several US media outlets, quoting law enforcement sources.

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the Florida Gun control advocates also back the bill sponsored by Senators Joh Cornyn, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit a Florida hospital February 19, 2018 after a school shooting that left 17 dead© Provided by AFP US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit a Florida hospital February 19, 2018 after a school shooting that left 17 dead US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for a bipartisan effort to improve a national system of background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

"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 in a statement.

Trump has come under intensifying pressure to act after a teenage gunman went on a rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, killing 17 people.

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Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks , White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for a bipartisan effort to improve a national system of background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the Florida school shooting. Read more: check , Florida shooting , gun buying .

Angry students who survived the attack have called for a march on Washington to demand changes in US gun laws, calling out Trump and the powerful National Rifle Association at rallies.

Sanders said Trump had spoken to Senators Chris Murphy, a Democrat, and John Cornyn, a Republican, who have jointly sponsored a bill to fix a national database by requiring states and federal agencies to report more often on offenses that would bar an individual from buying a gun.

The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms.

Normally on opposite sides of the gun debate, the lawmakers teamed up in November after a gunman stormed a church in Texas, killing 26 people in one of the nation's deadliest mass shootings.

That gunman, Devin Kelly, was able to buy guns while serving in the air force despite a domestic violence conviction that should, by law, have prohibited him from purchasing or possessing firearms.

The conviction was never reported by the air force, however, exposing a major weakness in the background check system.

Republicans rebuff students' call for stricter gun curbs .
Republican leaders rebuffed calls for major changes in US gun laws Tuesday following a mass shooting at a Florida high school, as students braced for their emotional return to the campus where 14 classmates and three staff were murdered. Student survivors of the Valentine's Day assault met with members of Congress to urge curbs on gun sales but found little enthusiasm for legislative action beyond closing gaps in a national background check system.

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