WASHINGTON — Two senators reached a bipartisan agreement this week to tighten the national background-checks system for gun purchases, an effort fueled by the Air Force’s failure to submit information about the legal past of the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church earlier this month.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R., Texas) has joined Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) to back proposed legislation that would encourage states and federal agencies to submit records to the background-checks system.
Murphy has been one of the chamber’s most vocal advocates of stricter gun laws, and his agreement with a red-state senator is likely to win widespread support among Democrats, an aide said. “We seem to have found a point of consensus among the right and left,” Cornyn told reporters Thursday.
The bill from Cornyn and Murphy would provide incentives for states to upload criminal-conviction records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Those records already are required to be uploaded, but can slip through the cracks.