Bipartisan bill aims to stop illegal ‘lie-and-try’ firearm purchases


It’s unusual—a gun law with bipartisan support.  

Republican Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware are working together to more strictly enforce the current law that prevents convicted felons and others from buying weapons. 

It’s called the NICS Denial Notification Act, and it would crack down on so-called “lie-and-try” purchases of firearms. 

The updated measure would require federal authorities to alert state law enforcement when potential gun buyers’  fail a background check.  

Sen. Toomey says federal officials get an alert, but some states are out of the loop, and gun buyers who fail the background check are rarely prosecuted for their attempted illegal purchases.  

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