Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following joint statement:

"We are pleased that Attorney General Sessions is directing all U.S. Attorneys to more vigorously enforce existing gun laws against individuals who are legally barred from owning a gun but "lie and try" to buy one. Unfortunately, federal prosecutors rarely pursue these cases.

"Attorney General Sessions' decision is a welcome first step, but Congress should take the next step by enacting the Toomey-Coons NICS Denial Notification Act, which requires federal authorities to alert states within 24 hours when prohibited individuals "lie and try" to purchase firearms. This common-sense legislation provides state law enforcement with critical information they can use to decide whether to investigate and prosecute these individuals under state laws."