Every federally licensed firearms retailer (FFL) is required by law to run a background check through NICS before transferring a firearm to an individual, whether the transaction is happening in a store, at a gun show, or online. While the merits of of background checks can be debated, so long as the system is in place, most believe it should include the records that disqualify individuals from buying a firearm—criminal and mental health records that prohibit an individual from owning a firearm. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is spearheading an initiative known as FixNICS.
America’s firearms retailers are on the front line of preventing firearms from getting into the hands of those who should not have them. However, the system is only as good as the records in the database. Appearing on CNN Headline News Network’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, the NSSF’s Larry Keane discussed the firearms industry’s FixNICS initiative and called on the Department of Defense to ensure it is doing its part to enhance public safety.
— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) November 8, 2017
Since 2013, the NSSF has led the successful nationwide FixNICS initiative effort to improve the reporting of all criminal and adjudicated mental health records by the states to NICS. To date, 16 states have adopted NSSF-led FixNICS changes. Since the campaign was launched through the end of 2016, the number of disqualifying mental health records submitted to NICS increased by 170 percent going from about 1.7 million in December 2012 to nearly 4.5 million today.
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