Texas' senior senator said he wants to ensure the military complies with the law on background checks after the Air Force failed to submit the criminal history to the FBI of the gunman who killed 26 at a Texas church.
Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told reporters on Tuesday that he is working on legislation to get both the military and states to swiftly provide already-required criminal conviction records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The gunman had a history of domestic violence but was able to buy weapons because of the Air Force's errors.
Cornyn said he hoped the legislation could get support from Republicans and Democrats.