U.S. Sen. John Kennedy comes out against new gun background check bill

A bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening the country’s firearms background check system will face at least one “no” vote in the U.S. Senate: Louisiana’s John Kennedy.

Kennedy, announcing his opposition to the bill on Tuesday, said he suspected he might end up being the only dissenting vote on the proposed legislation, which hasn’t yet been scheduled for a vote.

Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina are sponsoring the bill along with Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both of Connecticut. The bill’s provisions are aimed at strengthening the National Instant Background Check System by offering bonuses to federal agencies that provide information to the system and grants for states to upload information…


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