Sessions pushes prosecutions for those who lie on gun background checks

Sessions pushes prosecutions for those who lie on gun background checks
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Holder: Sessions needs to 'have the guts' to say no to Trump Trump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller MORE on Monday called on U.S. attorneys to strictly enforce laws that criminalize lying on background checks. 

Sessions directed federal prosecutors to “swiftly and aggressively” prosecute cases involving individuals who are barred from obtaining a firearm, and who fail to tell the truth on a government form needed to pass a background check.

The directive was one of several steps the Justice Department is taking as part of the Trump administration's response to the school shooting last month in Parkland, Fla.

Justice Department officials say that while lying on a background check is considered a felony, the law often goes unprosecuted. 

The department also said it will up law enforcement presence at schools, and review how agencies respond to outside tips. 

“No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood,” Sessions said in a statement, according to The Washington Post

The Trump administration on Sunday released various proposals on school safety and gun restrictions as a response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. 

The White House said it would launch a federal commission to assess how to best address gun violence in schools and provide assistance to states to arm teachers. 

The commission will be headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOvernight Regulation: Facebook faces new crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Whistleblower gets record SEC payout | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian | Trump bans trading in Venezuelan cryptocurrency Cynthia Nixon to challenge Cuomo for NY governor ‘Saturday Night Live’ targets DeVos over ‘60 Minutes’ interview MORE and will involve federal, local and school officials.

The administration also said it would push states to pass legislation aimed at keeping guns away from dangerous individuals and encourage Congress to pass measures strengthening the national background check system.