Thursday is slated to be the day for a big announcement on gun control measures created by members of the Senate.
It is being reported that a group of senators from both sides of the aisle reached an agreement on creating new gun legislation that would add more information to the national database used for background checks on firearm purchasers.
According to Politico, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are prepared to introduce a bill that offers incentives for states to send more information on criminal activity to the national database, and also hold federal agencies accountable for sending information to the background check system.
The proposed bipartisan legislation would incentivize states with federal grants to submit in-depth reports of criminal and mental health histories into the system, which many states aren’t currently required to do.
It would also deal out punishments for federal agencies who do not submit proper records to the system.
SCOOP: A deal on gun legislation has been reached to strengthen background checks per sources. Cornyn/Murphy/Scott/Blumenthal signed on. With @GarrettHaake and @frankthorp https://t.co/HFy34lSxCg pic.twitter.com/u80ensLGzD
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) November 16, 2017