Protecting Lives: A Matter of Worth and Dignity

Background checks for gun purchases can save lives, but a background check is only as good as the records in the database. The current National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database is incomplete because many states have not provided records about people prohibited from owning a firearm under current law.

There is rare bipartisan support for a bill to fix NICS to ensure more accurate and complete background checks – but it needs to be considered separately from a bill that would force states with strong concealed carry laws to honor permits from states with weak or non-existent concealed carry laws. While the House is likely to pass the two bills together as early as today, there is strong bipartisan support in the Senate for separating them.

Click here to urge your Members of Congress to support the bill (HB4477/S.2135) to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System separately from concealed carry legislation.