2. Background Check Improvements
In Congress, the "Fix NICS Act" aims to update and improve the background check system so that individuals who shouldn't be allowed to own a firearm can't legally buy one. The bill has bipartisan support and was crafted by a Republican, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and a Democrat, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy.
President Donald Trump spoke with Cornyn Monday about the bill.
"While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
The Republican-controlled U.S. House already passed a gun bill last December that contained Fix NICS provisions.
In a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford explained why he supports the bill.
"We're not getting information from some rural departments. We're not getting it from some federal entities. We're not getting the information into that background [check] system. So that absolutely needs to be fixed. That's why I think that [Fix NICS] legislation needs to be pushed," he said.