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Texas shooter got gun at private sale; denied in 2014 check

A law enforcement official says a gunman who killed seven people in West Texas had obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, evading a federal background check that previously denied him a gun for a “mental health issue.”

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the way for more gun control.

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the way for more gun control.

Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details

Speaking out against weekend mass shootings that rocked a nation, President Donald Trump on Monday called for bipartisan solutions to the bloodshed but offered few details and faced pointed questions from Democrats about whether he had the moral authority to rally America against the spasm of violence and racism.

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years.

Inslee, Nevada Democrats call for expanded background checks

Democrats urging more action to prevent gun violence will hold a press conference Thursday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to call for expanded background checks and a ban on bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms.

Gun background check system riddled with flaws

Recent mass shootings have spurred Congress to try to improve the nation’s gun background check system that has failed on numerous occasions to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.

Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

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