This past Thursday, the House Committee of Appropriations voted to supply grants totaling $58 million in order to ensure that states supply all relevant records to the FBI’s background check system, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. In addition, a provision was added that will require the FBI to report on the progress states and pertinent federal agencies make in submitting records to NICS each year. Ceasefire PA applauds this common sense action.
However, the committee also voted to maintain a restriction that prevents Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives’, or ATF, from requiring gun dealers to audit their own inventories for lost or stolen guns. This will continue to severely hinder ATF’s ability to combat gun trafficking.