News Trump should restore funding for gun background checks to prevent more mass shootings, Sen. Schumer says The senator called proposed budget cuts to the system “appalling” in the context of the latest mass school shooting. Sen. Chuck Schumer displays a poster showing U.S. school shootings. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Updated February 18, 2018 4:42 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email In light of the mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school that took 17 lives, Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on the president to rethink his proposed cuts to programs designed to prevent more gun deaths. Schumer said President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal would slash 16 percent from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, used by law enforcement agencies to review data on individuals who may be prohibited from carrying a handgun. The senator, who spoke next to a poster of a map depicting all of the school shootings that took place since January, said this was the wrong area to save the federal government money. recommended reading Chancellor Fariña assures city parents after Florida shooting “It is our job to ensure that every school is a safe haven for our children and families,” Fariña wrote in a letter. “At a time when mass shootings are on the increase, the cuts are appalling,” Schumer said at his Manhattan office. The cuts would specifically affect the National Criminal Records History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and the NICS Act Record Improvement Program, which are currently funded at $73 million, according to the senator. Both programs give state and local governments the most accurate records from the federal criminal database. Schumer said several police departments, including the NYPD, have used the system to prevent hundreds of shootings and it should get more funding. “The system needs to work. The states need those dollars,” he said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed and called the president’s cuts “reckless.” “Now, instead of taking action to keep our children safe, President Trump is trying to make it easier for individuals who commit serious crimes and those who are dangerously mentally ill to buy guns. It’s as shocking as it is dangerous,” he said in a statement. Trump’s weekend tweets placed blame on the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for failing to stop alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz, sparking loud criticism from people across the country that includes many of the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. recommended reading Gays Against Guns rally in ‘solidarity’ with Florida “My son’s milestones are being measured by mass shootings,” said Mom’s Demand Action volunteer Sonni Mun. At a rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, student Emma Gonzalez called out the president, the National Rifle Association and Congress for failing to enact common sense gun-control legislation. Schumer praised the students and called on his fellow elected officials to work together on those reforms. “I will do whatever I can to protect the lives of our citizens,” he said. By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.