East Tennessee lawmakers share opinions on gun control

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Local lawmakers are weighing in on gun control after last week’s school shooting rampage in Florida.

U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander are both co-sponsors of a piece of legislation introduced last year called the “FIX NICS Act,” aiming to improve the accuracy and state compliance of existing background checks for firearm purchases.

Corker calls to enforce the system we currently have, writing in a statement:

“I have long supported improving how our background check system operates, while at the same time ensuring that Second Amendment rights are not infringed upon. The Fix NICS Act meets that test, and I am proud to be a cosponsor of this piece of legislation. It is very important that federal agencies and state governments take the time to comply with existing federal law and submit the relevant information to NICS in order to ensure that those who have lost their right to possess a firearm are prohibited from purchasing one.”

Alexander echoed those sentiments, sending the following statement on his position:

“We need to make existing background checks more effective,” Alexander said. “This is why I’ve cosponsored Senator Cornyn and Senator Murphy’s legislation – the Fix NICS Act – which helps ensure that federal agencies and states get information about individuals who should be prohibited from buying a gun into the national background check system.”

Neither senator called for additional background measures or banning assault style rifles.

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