Collins joins senators who want to stop ineligible gun buys

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins has joined a bipartisan group of colleagues that wants states to better enforce laws that prevent ineligible people from buying a gun.

Collins, a Republican, said Tuesday she is supporting the NICS Denial Notification Act, which she said would help states utilize the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

She said the proposal would require U.S. authorities to notify state and local enforcement within a day when an ineligible person lies on a background check and attempts to buy a gun.

Collins said Maine is among 37 states in which state law enforcement is not alerted when the ineligible people try to buy firearms.

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