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President Trump Signals Support for Senate Background Check Bill

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With the country still reeling after the mass shooting at a high school that left 17 people dead, Congress has been working on legislation to address calls for stricter background checks for gun purchases. On Monday, President Donald Trump expressed his support for a Senate bill focused on a particular area of the larger firearm debate.

The piece of legislation, which is not yet in its final iteration, aims to improve the federal background check system as it relates to firearms.

“The president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a written statement on Monday morning, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Sanders stated that Trump has spoken with Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, on Friday, expressing his support for the bill that Cornyn introduced along with Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut.

However, the White House has cautioned that the bill is currently being amended, so changes may be seen that would alter the president’s position.

Additionally, Sander’s statement did not include any details regarding how Trump may react to additional regulatory measures that could be deemed more aggressive.

The Senate bill in question is highly focused, looking to reinforce the requirement dictating that federal agencies report criminal infractions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a database that allows gun sellers to determine whether a person is eligible to purchase firearms.

Additionally, the legislation includes a possible financial incentive for states, encouraging them to meet the requirements.

Whether the legislation will go forward is still not known, as other post-mass shooting efforts have fallen flat in the past, such as the proposed ban on bump stocks following the events in Las Vegas last year.

While at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida over the weekend, Trump reportedly spoke with friends regarding issues surrounding guns, expressing that he was affected by of some of the victims of the shooting, who he visited in the hospital.

However, at this time, Trump has not mentioned possibly limiting gun access as a potential response to the recent shooting.