Trump open to improving background checks, spokesman says

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President Donald Trump “is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system” for gun purchases, a White House spokesman said Monday, less than a week after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement that Trump spoke with Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, on Friday about a bill he introduced with Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, that aims to strengthen how state and federal governments report offenses that could prohibit people from buying a gun. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” Shah said.

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