FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2017
House Leadership Moves to Kill Fix NICS Act
House Republicans threaten bipartisan gun bill by tying it to extremist, NRA-backed legislation
Washington, DC (December 5, 2017) — Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives Rules Committee combined the commonsense, bipartisan Fix NICS Act with the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s top priority: expanding concealed carry of guns nationwide.
The development may put the bipartisan effort to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) in jeopardy; the Fix NICS Act has gained momentum from legislators on both sides of the aisle following the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. HR 38, the concealed carry reciprocity bill, would allow individuals to carry weapons in any state in the nation, regardless of a state’s laws regarding concealed carry.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“The Fix NICS Act is a modest, bipartisan, long overdue piece of legislation to ensure that dangerous individuals don’t have easy access to firearms. As we saw in Sutherland Springs, the flaws within our background check system and failure to report individuals to the system can lead to tragedy. The Fix NICS Act could prevent such tragedies. Conversely, concealed carry reciprocity would put American citizens in greater danger.
“Coupling Fix NICS with concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA’s blatant attempt to sneak an extremist policy through Congress by linking it to a widely popular piece of legislation. Senators should not be fooled. This deceptive effort threatens the work Senators Cornyn, Murphy, Scott, and Blumenthal have put into this commonsense piece of legislation. Members of Congress should demand that the House separate this legislation and hold a clean vote on the Fix NICS Act.”