In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month, President Trump is seemingly open to strengthening federal background checks.
“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday, adding that the president has spoken to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn about a bill to “improve federal compliance with criminal background check legislation.”
Here’s a look at how the federal background check works, and what activists and experts have to say about it.
What happens when you want to purchase a gun?
In order to purchase a gun from a federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL), a consumer must provide identification and pass a federal background check using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ 4473 form.
The first page of the document requires basic information, including the buyer’s full name, address, sex, birthday and ethnicity. A Social Security number is encouraged, but not required.
The form also asks the buyer about criminal background, immigration