Washington, D.C. – A bipartisan group including U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has reintroduced the NICS Denial Notification Act to Congress. The proposed gun safety law would require federal authorities to quickly (within 24 hours) alert state and local law enforcement when an ineligible person tries to purchase a firearm and fails a background check. Failing a background check can sometimes be a warning sign for future criminal behavior.
“When a convicted felon lies about his criminal record while attempting to purchase a gun, he is committing a new felony. This happens regularly in America, and is a crime that largely goes unprosecuted,” said Senator Toomey. “The NICS Denial Notification Act makes progress on gun safety while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and will help make our communities safer by better enforcing existing gun laws and responding to warning signs of criminal behavior.”
The bill was introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). [full article]