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For all those @NRA lobbyists downplaying the tragedy in #Illinois and resisting expanding a system that has blocked over 3.5 million gun sales to felons, domestic abusers, and other people who aren’t allowed to have guns under existing law, please consider the #facts.
The gunman who killed five people in his workplace after he was fired never should have been able to buy a gun. He was a felon, and as such, a legally prohibited gun purchaser.

Illinois FOID based on conviction records from within the PAST FIVE YEARS - in this case, the aggravated assault in Mississippi in the 90s.

The @NRA has hobbled law enforcement by leading the effort to make it optional for local courts, police departments and states to submit background information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The background check worked! Yay. This is what the system is supposed to do.

They’re not required to do so by Illinois law. Do you agree that the confiscation of guns from convicted criminals should be mandatory, @NRA? No, you don’t.

Five years later on February 15, 2019, he committed a mass shooting, and within minutes, gun lobbyists were citing the shooting as evidence that we should not update the background checks system and implement other sensible gun safety policies.

Federal laws are needed to strengthen the system that was built 25 years ago. This case is a perfect example of why we need to #updatebackgroundchecks (and other gun safety laws that are proven to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people).

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