The White House on Monday said that President Trump supports bipartisan efforts that would improve the federal background check system to ensure those convicted of a crime would not be able to buy a gun, in the wake of the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last week. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Friday to discuss a bipartisan bill Cornyn is co-sponsoring that would tighten federal background checks.
US President Donald Trump is "supportive" of efforts to improve background checks on gun ownership, the White House says.
The bill, titled the Fix NICS Act, seeks to address flaws in the national criminal background check database that were exposed after the Texas church shooting in November.
The measure would incentivize agencies and states to provide information by blocking bonus pay for political appointees in agencies that fail to upload records to the background check system and rewarding states that follow their implementation plans.
The cyclical aftermath of the nation's mass shooting has repeated itself several times during Trump's year-old presidency, including with the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history when 52 people were killed on the Las Vegas strip last October, and when 26 people were killed at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November.
The newest push on gun legislation comes after 17 people were killed on Wednesday at a Parkland, Florida, high school.
Trump has faced renewed calls for tighter gun laws from students and families of the Florida shooting victims.
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"Very sad that the Federal Bureau of Investigation missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter".
A White House schedule says Trump will host students and teachers Wednesday. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion". "The March for Our Lives is going to be in every major city and we are organizing it so students everywhere can take back their lives".
"It's not about thoughts and prayers anymore; it's about changing laws", said high school student Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of last week's tragedy.
In a tweet Monday, Murphy called the developments around the proposed legislation "interesting", and said the president's support signaled that "the politics of gun violence are shifting rapidly".
The White House said Trump will hold a "listening session" with an unspecified group of students later this week.
Trump declared the "eight-year assault" on gun owners was over as he spoke to a crowd of NRA members in late April 2017.
The FBI acknowledged on Friday that it failed to "investigate a warning over the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, with the agency saying a tipster had called a hotline claiming that Cruz owned a gun and had "a desire to kill".
Trump has been a strong supporter of gun rights and the National Rifle Association.