Cornyn Background Check Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate


In: All News   Posted 03/22/2018
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‘Our constituents… want us to do something that will be effective and save lives, and I'm happy to say the Fix NICS bill fits that description.’

‘In that same letter that the 13 Parkland families said they supported Senator Hatch's school safety measures, they expressed support for the Fix NICS bill, which they said is desperately needed to improve compliance with firearm purchasing background check systems.’

‘Even if Fix NICS were just to save one life, there would be reason enough to enact it, but I think that's unlikely. I think it will save many, many, many lives.’

WASHINGTON –Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed his bill to strengthen the criminal background check system, the Fix NICS Act, in advance of its vote in the Senate as a part of the government funding bill. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“I particularly want to acknowledge the advocacy of the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, to make sure this provision is included in the omnibus bill.”

“Our constituents are frustrated, frightened, and fed up. They want us to do something. More importantly than that, they want us to do something that will be effective and save lives, and I'm happy to say the Fix NICS bill fits that description.”

“We need to listen to all of these voices, including these students who obviously will shape our nation's future. They don't want to go to school wondering whether bullets will be raining down their hallways or whether their friends might be the next victim.”

“In that same letter that the 13 Parkland families said they supported Senator Hatch's school safety measures, they expressed support for the Fix NICS bill, which they said is desperately needed to improve compliance with firearm purchasing background check systems.”

“They see merit in trying to fix our system that currently has allowed these same people to slip through the cracks and purchase firearms and kill innocent people like the 26 gunned down inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.”

“Some have said that Fix NICS doesn't go far enough, that it's a modest measure. Well, I have to question that sort of description. Is it really a modest measure if it will in fact save lives? I think not.”

“Even if Fix NICS were just to save one life, there would be reason enough to enact it, but I think that's unlikely. I think it will save many, many, many lives.”