Trump tweets call to strengthen background checks

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U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday for missing a tip about the gunman accused of killing 17 people in a Florida high school.

In November, Cornyn, with a bipartisan group of senators, introduced the "Fix NICS Act" to ensure federal and state authorities accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

It came after a meeting between Trump and Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn about a bill he introduced with Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Murphy last Friday.

The statement from the White House comes amid national outrage over the shooting in Florida, which left 17 people dead, including students and teachers.

When asked if Mr Trump was open to reinstating a ban on assault-type weapons, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said officials "haven't closed the door on any front". "And we must to do more to protect our children".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning the use of controversial "bump stock" firearm modifications.

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Trump spent the weekend in South Florida, only an hour's drive from Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were fatally shot last week.

Past year the President told a National Rifle Association convention that he would "never, ever infringe" on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. "We must actually make a difference". "No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country".

Trump lashed out on Twitter Saturday night and said the agency "missed all of the many signals" sent by the 19-year-old gunman in the Florida school shooting.

"We're going to be very strong on background checks, we're doing very strong background checks, very strong emphasis on the mental health", Trump said.

"Every day when I say "bye" to my parents, I do acknowledge the fact that I could never see my parents again".

The legislation does not add new restrictions on gun purchases.

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