House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers
May 29th, 2014
08:29 PM ET
7 months ago

House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers

(CNN) - The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead, including the killer.

The Republican-led chamber added $19.5 million to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is a federal database that states access when processing gun sales.

The amendment to a spending bill for the Justice Department and other agencies was sponsored by Republican Peter King of New York and California Democrat Mike Thompson. It was approved 260-145.

"Expanding our investments in the national background check system is essential to the effort to prevent gun violence. But it is only one step. Now, it is time to build on this success with further action," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

Proponents of the measure said the background check effort is meant to close gaps that can allow criminals and those with severe mental illness to purchase guns they otherwise would not be able to buy.

The added money raises the federal investment in the database to $78 million for the fiscal year beginning in October.

Last Friday's carnage in Santa Barbara was carried out by Elliot Rodger, 22, who fatally stabbed three people and shot three others. He was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head after crashing his car. He apparently had been dealing with mental health issues for years.

Stricter gun control measures introduced after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, went nowhere in Congress.

Now, some lawmakers want to focus on improving the mental health system as a way to address gun violence, especially the types of incidents that occurred in California last week. But it’s unclear whether related legislative proposals will advance.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Throwing money at the problem will help a little. But much More has to be done to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally Ill.

    May 29, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Sarah Evans

    The nearly 20 million dollars would not have prevented Elliot Rodger from legally purchasing a firearm.

    May 29, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Not good enough, and who is going to pay for it this time. Starve out more children?

    May 29, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    ...yeah, only because it's an election year. Hypocrites.

    May 29, 2014 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Name soumaila toure

    I believe we all know where all this violances are coming from. Organize gang stalking or community gang stalking. Peoples involved in this crime are also using their own kids. Meaning kids from 8 up to 10 years old are being used in this campaign of community gang stalking . (Violence in school, bully etc). I tell you this ,many people are being abuse,hurt even killed by this elligal campaign. Some have to be done. I'm 1 of the victim and I'm living it here in america. Thank you!.

    May 29, 2014 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. Bert

    Well, it's a start. Gun control has never been about abolishing everyone's 2nd Amendment rights! It's about keeping tools that are meant to kill (disagree? That's what they are designed for! DUH!), out of the hands of criminals, mentally challenged individuals and just mentally incompetent (nice for, "WACKED", or stupid), individuals! And if you try and tell me that these type of people will "get them illegally" anyways...that's THE PROBLEM PEOPLE! Gun shows, private sales and ESPECIALLY...straw buyers! Someone who buys 50 AR 15's and 50 Glock 34's in one year...IS NOT A COLLECTOR! THAT is where the NRA is wrong about gun "rights"! And I KNOW the founding fathers would agree with me! And I own guns! But I won't go hang out at a restaurant with my "bros", wearing my camp and getting an extra chair for my Winchester Model 88..."Just cuz I can"!!!!
    In any other civilized country in the world, a mass shooting is considered a national tragedy! In the US, it's becoming a national pastime!

    May 29, 2014 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    If they can also make it easier for prosecutors to convict on the current gun laws, that would be just as good to me.

    May 29, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. John

    Awesome!! Congrats on one of the first signs of bi partisanship

    May 29, 2014 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. Getoverit

    I can hear the liberal heads exploding.

    May 30, 2014 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  10. Thomas

    How did this happen and why ?

    How much will go to the NRA for advertising ?

    May 30, 2014 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  11. freddie nerk

    The creep that committed the crime should have been sent to an asylum. Everyone described him as troubled. His parents could have prevented this vicious crime. But they just gave him more money, which he used to buy the guns. Bad parents and a creepy kid results in this. The Government should investigate the family.

    May 30, 2014 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  12. Minnie Mouse

    More background checking is definitely needed on gun purchases. Please also do something about social media sites and YouTube videos. These sites need to be monitored in the background at all time. If disturbing videos or messages are posted showing that a person can hurt themselves or others the authorities can then immediately be called upon.

    May 30, 2014 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  13. TomInRochNY

    How about also closing the gun show loop hole when buying/selling guns? You think that might help?

    May 30, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |