Making America Safer

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 11/18/2017

For years, federal agencies and states have failed to upload criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without consequence. In the wake of the tragedy in Sutherland Springs, this week I introduced bipartisan legislation to fix this systemic problem by requiring federal agencies and states to follow the law and upload all criminal history and other relevant records to the background check system.

The Fix NICS Act will also hold federal agencies that fail to upload relevant records accountable and reward states that comply with their NICS implementation plans through federal grant preferences and incentives. Fix NICS will also enable individuals who’ve been wrongly reported to the system the ability to be swiftly removed.

This bill has been endorsed by the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Sherriff’s Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Law-abiding gun owners have the right to purchase and possess firearms. But we must enforce the laws already on the books to prevent criminals and domestic abusers from obtaining firearms. We must all do our part to prevent another tragedy like Sutherland Springs from happening again.

This bill is supported by: 

  • National Rifle Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • National Sheriff’s Association
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline