CSGV Statement on the Fix NICS Act
Murphy-Cornyn bipartisan bill is a step in the right direction
Washington, DC (November 16, 2017) — Today, legislators introduced the Fix NICS Act — a bipartisan gun violence prevention bill intended to improve the efficacy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Currently, NICS is missing records that would prevent dangerous individuals from accessing firearms. Polls show the vast majority of Americans support legislation to improve NICS.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) applauds Senator Chris Murphy, Senator John Cornyn, and six other legislators for introducing this bipartisan legislation. For far too long, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been inadequate and ineffective; this is largely because the system is missing crucial information on countless people who should be prohibited from owning or buying firearms.
“NICS cannot be an effective tool if it does not contain this critical information. Ensuring that the system contains updated records is necessary to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. We are encouraged by this bipartisan effort to improve NICS and save lives.
“The recent tragedies in Sutherland Springs and Rancho Tehama illustrate the human cost of our ineffective background check system. Preventing gun violence shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The Fix NICS Act demonstrates that legislators on both sides of the aisle can find common ground and work together to prevent gun violence. The vast majority of Americans support these laws; we hope more legislators will follow these leaders’ example and pursue commonsense, bipartisan efforts to strengthen our nation’s gun laws and save American lives.”