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DC – GUN CONTROL – Cornyn’s gun background check bill works, report says

An attempt to tighten the federal background check system is working, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. The Fix NICS Act, authored by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., penalizes federal agencies that fail to send criminal history records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and former U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, carried the measure in the House. Cornyn first announced plans for the bill in the aftermath of the Nov. 5, 2017, shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs that left 26 people dead. The measure passed in March 2018. The shooting highlighted gaps in the background check system. The Air Force didn’t report Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley’s previous court-martial and conviction for domestic violence that would have kept him from purchasing an AR-556 rifle. “For years, agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Cornyn said in a statement after introducing the measure. “Just one record that’s not properly reported can lead to tragedy” like in Sutherland Springs.  [full article]

 

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