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Trump contributes a name to gun control legislation

During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday, President Trump volunteered that the Fix NICS bill "has some really good things in it" but suggested that its author, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), "maybe change the title."

Fix NICS proposes offering incentives for states to improve the way they report to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. One recent mass shooting gunman who attacked a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was able to legally purchase a gun because his criminal record had not been properly entered into the database.

Trump suggested the bill be called "the U.S. Background Check Bill or whatever." The president has previously weighed in on legislation specifically to offer a name change, reportedly telling congressional aides last November that he wanted the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" to be renamed "The Cut Cut Cut Act."