The “Fix NICS” background check bill introduced last year by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, appears to possess the best chance of passing Congress.
The bill aims to make federal agencies better at following rules that will require them to submit criminal convictions to the FBI, which could help stop high-risk individuals via getting guns. Last year, the Air Force said the idea had not submitted records that will could have stopped the shooter who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, via buying a gun.
Schumer said Democrats are “pleased” Trump supports the Cornyn bill. however he contended that will passing a measure requiring background checks for all guns sales might better solve the problem. Currently, many firearm purchases online or at gun shows do not require background checks.
A senator who previously championed a universal background check bill — Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia — said he might not revive the effort unless Trump supported the idea, according to Politico. While Trump has repeatedly pledged to improve background checks since the Florida shooting, he has not explicitly backed universal background checks.
Nearly all American voters — 97 percent — support universal background checks, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last week.
One of the “Fix NICS” bill’s Democratic backers, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, has also argued the idea does not go far enough to address gun violence.