Source: Queens Gazette
Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Gays Against Guns, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence on the steps of New York City Hall to announce on April 5 the introduction of new of gun safety legislation related to the efficacy of our nation’s background check system.
Our background check system is only as good as its data but, under current law, the FBI and ATF are not given the tools they need to make sure that National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is working properly. Currently, records of allowed firearms sales must be destroyed within 24 hours of approval, Maloney explained.
Maloney’s new legislation would replace that 24 hour maximum with a 90-day minimum retention period to allow the FBI and ATF at least 90 days to audit the background check system to make sure the process is working effectively.
“Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, and Congress must do more to ensure that guns are not getting in the hands of dangerous individuals,” said Congress Member Maloney. “That is why I am introducing the NICS Review Act. This bill would give law enforcement the tools it needs to ensure NICS is accurate and effective by giving them enough time to properly audit the background check system. We must do all we can to ensure that those we have already deemed ineligible aren’t slipping through the cracks.”
“Extending the period of time that background check records are retained gives law enforcement another tool to keep our communities safe,” said Shannon Van Esley, Chapter President of the New York City Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We thank Congresswoman Maloney for introducing common-sense legislation that can save lives.”
“Gays Against Guns is a direct action group because we felt strongly that status quo, thoughts & prayers, and lack of strong laws around guns was a problem, an epidemic, in this country,” said Gays Against Guns Member Catherine Marino-Thomas. “We are proud to stand with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney today to support the NICS Review Act. We feel this is a great example of direct action.”
“We applaud Congresswoman Maloney for once again leading the way on critical gun safety legislation,” said Rebecca Fischer, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. “As senseless gun violence continues to ravage this country, it is clear that this legislation is needed to strengthen our background check system. Congress must immediately bring life-saving bills like this one to a vote. For the safety of our families and our communities—now is the time.”
“The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is one of the key mechanisms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Each year thousands of denials are issued by the FBI’s Center thereby keeping firearms out of the wrong hands,” said national Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) President David LaBahn. “On behalf of the APA and the thousands of prosecutors we serve, we applaud Congresswoman Maloney in her efforts through the NICS Review Act to insure that NICS is working as Congress has intended, insuring both accuracy and timeliness.”