House Approves Nearly $20 Million to Improve Background Checks on Gun Buyers

U.S. Rep. Peter King (D-Long Island) was a co-sponsor of the bill to bolster background checks. (CHRISTIE M FARRIELLA/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
U.S. Rep. Peter King (D-Long Island) was a co-sponsor of the bill to bolster background checks. (CHRISTIE M FARRIELLA/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Six days after a gunman’s rampage in California, the Republican-run House on Thursday took what likely will be the only step by the current Congress to address gun violence.

The House voted 260 to 145 to spend $19.5 million to improve the federal system of background checks for gun purchases.

Prospective gun buyers are required to be checked against the database for felony convictions, domestic violence and certain mental illnesses — flags that are supposed to disqualify them from owning firearms.

But many states fail to submit all the necesssary records to the system. The measure would provide grants to states to make sure the records are submitted.

The funding will help “keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them and possibly prevent the senseless attacks we have seen in our communities and throughout the nation,” Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island), a co-sponsor, wrote in a letter to colleagues.

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SOURCE: DAN FRIEDMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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