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Bipartisan Group of Senators Unveil Gun Legislation

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By    |   Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:47 AM

A bipartisan group of senators announced a bill aimed at pushing federal agencies to report additional domestic violence records as part of the background checks on those looking to buy guns, The Washington Times reported.

The bill was presented Thursday by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Tim Scott-R-S.C. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., according to the NBC News.

"For years agencies and states haven't complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence," Cornyn said.

Under the bill, agencies failing to report records on domestic violence to the National Instant Criminal Back Check System would be punished, according to the Times. The NICS screens gun purchases from licenses firearms dealers.

The legislation comes after a man shot and killed 26 people at a Texas church. It was later learned the gunman's domestic violence conviction was never submitted to the background check system, NBC News reported.

"This deal will strengthen the background check system and save lives," Murphy said. "Our bill marks an important milestone that shows real compromise can be made on the issue of guns."

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