LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - Congressman Henry Cuellar is pushing to close loopholes in the national criminal instant background check systems.
This week, congress passed his bi-partisan bill to ensure mental health and criminal records are loaded into federal databases and to hold state and federal agencies accountable for those records.
Cuellar says the bill comes in the wake of the shooting at a church in his district of Sutherland Springs that left 26 people dead.
The congressman says the shooter was able to pass a background check and purchase firearms because his criminal records was never sent to the FBI.
Cuellar says if it becomes a law it will help curb gun violence.
Cuellar says he hopes the bill passes the senate and becomes a law before the end of the year.