New gun safety legislation unveiled by handful of Senators

Republican Senator Pat Toomey is among a handful of senators pushing new gun safety legislation.

Toomey unveiled the bill in Philadelphia Monday along with one of the co-sponsors, Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware.

They're calling it the "NICS (pronounced nicks) Denial Notification Act."

The NICS will assist states by enforcing existing laws against individuals who attempt to buy firearms but have no legal right to do so. It requires federal authorities to notify state law enforcement within 24 hours when individuals "lie and try" to purchase firearms, which can be a warning sign of criminal behavior, according to a news release. 

Thirteen states run their own background checks using the FBI's NICS system where state authorities are aware of those failing background checks. However, in the 37 states that rely on the FBI to run background checks, state authorities are sometimes not aware when prohibited individuals fail those background checks. 

"Efforts to reduce gun violence are only as good as the systems in place to prevent prohibited individuals from obtaining guns," said Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. "This bill is just another commonsense way to further those efforts to keep our communities safe from gun violence."

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