New federal gun control bill expected this week
The federal government is expected to introduce new legislation this week that would strengthen laws surrounding the selling of firearms in an effort to crack down on gun violence.
Changes could include expanded background checks that would examine the criminal backgrounds and mental health history of someone trying to purchase an unrestricted gun.
The bill could also beef up screening of people who already own guns, allowing a continuous eligibility evaluation that would flag criminal behaviour as grounds for a potential investigation into their firearm ownership.
It could also require people buying guns to prove they have a licence before completing a transaction.