The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has taken the lead on a sign on letter to Senate leadership asking them to vote on the Fix NICS Act of 2017 (“Fix NICS”), sponsored by Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) before their upcoming recess begins on March 26th to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence from abusers with firearms. The letter is co-signed by a number of other organizations, including those representing victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, and gun violence prevention groups.
Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s President/CEO, said, “Fix NICS is a modest but important bill designed to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence by improving and increasing the submission of domestic violence incidents to the National Instant Background Check System.. This bill is bipartisan, commonsense, and noncontroversial, and we call on the Senate to vote on a clean Fix NICS bill before leaving for their recess. With the obvious overwhelming support and easy fix to a failing system, we can save lives”
Fix NICS (S.2135) was introduced in response to the inadequacies of the current background check system demonstrated by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, particularly the need to increase submission of misdemeanor domestic violence conviction and protective order records. Fix NICS reauthorizes the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and the National Criminal Background Check System Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP); prioritizes the submission of domestic violence records;it mandates each state develop an implementation plan in collaboration with the Department of Justice; requires the head of all federal departments and agencies to certify the agency or department is complying with record submission requirements; and incentivize states to improve their submission of complete and timely records to NICS.
Read the letter