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Friday, November 24, 2017

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, usually at odds with gun rights groups over firearms legislation, is promoting a bill that the National Rifle Association likes too. Esty, D-5th District, is a co-sponsor of the U.S. House version of the "Fix NICS Act of 2017," legislation that aims to prevent individuals like the shooter in Sutherland, Texas, from slipping through the cracks of the federal gun-buyer background check system. Unlike other gun-related bills backed by Esty, the vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, this one has the support of the NRA and other gun rights groups. And unlike other gun bills introduced by Connecticut's Democratic lawmakers since the Newtown massacre nearly five years ago, the Fix NICs bill has Republican sponsors, Reps. John Culberson, R-Texas, and Ryan Costello, R-Pa.

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"I don't know whether this is a turning point, but it is significant that Republicans are now willing to join Democrats in making some pretty significant improvements to the background checks system," Murphy said at a press conference in Hartford with Blumenthal and Esty on Monday. "This is potentially a foundation upon which we can build a bipartisan compromise."

Cornyn is the second-ranking Republican in the Senate GOP hierarchy, and his effort to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, drew praise from the NRA.

"We applaud Sen. John Cornyn's efforts to ensure that the records of prohibited individuals are entered into NICS, while providing a relief valve for those who are wrongly included in the system," said Chris Cox, NRA executive director. "The NRA will continue to support efforts to make the background check system instant, accurate and fair, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners."

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"The Fix NICS bill would not expand the federal background check system beyond purchases made by registered dealers in stores and gun shops. It would continue to allow sales by individuals on the Internet and at gun shows to be exempt from the system.

The bill instead reinforces the requirement that federal agencies report all infractions to NICS, and creates a financial incentive for states to do so as well."

So this is just an administrative rule then. To make sure one hand of the government knows what the other hand is doing.

I don't quite see why this requires an Act of Congress. I was under the impression the Air Force already knows they screwed up here; just let them fix that.

This is a do-nothing measure that will placate some of the cries that "Nothing Can Be Done." Something practically meaningless can in fact be done!

But I'm willing to wait for the mass shooting data to come in before final judgment. If there's a statistically significant drop in mass shootings I will happy to be wrong.

Assuming this bill even becomes law; I can imagine Trump vetoing it will be a huge hit with his base. I'm talking #1 with a bullet.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-22 12:20 PM | Reply

It's a carrot & stick. What you quoted should include what comes right after it.

"The bill also has a "stick." It would withhold bonuses and overtime pay from political appointees who head agencies that aren't fully compliant in their reporting of information to NICS."

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-22 03:44 PM | Reply

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