Trump budget cuts funds for gun background checks, Schumer says

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NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump's budget proposal cuts millions of dollars from existing background check systems and would make it harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

The New York Democrat said Sunday that after Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, it would be dangerous to undermine gun background checks.

“Unfortunately President Trump in his budget has actually cut the background checks system both for felons who shouldn’t be getting a gun and those who have mental illnesses who also shouldn’t have a gun,” Schumer said.

Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019 was released Monday, before the shooting that killed 17.

Schumer says the proposed budget cuts $12 million from federal programs that help states and localities maintain records on who is ineligible to purchase firearms.

“President Trump tweeted this week no child teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school, but by cutting this system, he’s making it less safe," Schumer said.

Schumer says the proposal would hurt "one of the only firewalls" now in place to stop dangerous people from buying guns. He sayd he’s going to do everything he can to increase the funding for the background check program during the budget negotiations in March.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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