NSSF, Firearms Industry's Trade Association, Leads the Way in Fixing NICS

Ensuring All Disqualifying Records Are Put in the Background Check System Best Protects Public Safety

Aug 06, 2015, 07:00 ET from National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn., Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) works to determine whether the retail sale of a firearm should take place. Federally-licensed firearms retailers are on the front lines every day using the system to help protect public safety.

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Established 17 years ago with Congressional passage of the Brady Act and run by the FBI, it is generally not known today that NICS was the recommendation of the firearms industry. For the most part, the system works. But for it to be truly effective, all applicable records based on current law have to be entered into it at the state level.

Because the system is only as good as the accuracy and completeness of its database, the firearms industry is in the third year of a national effort to ensure that the system has all the appropriate records put into it. The initiative is called FixNICS. 

Through FixNICS, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, has been successful in convincing 16 state legislatures to pass laws to ensure that there are no statutory, regulatory, administrative or procedural impediments to entering all appropriate records – criminal and mental health – into NICS.

That this activity took place may surprise many Americans because it involves a narrative they are unlikely to read, view or hear from the mainstream news media.  

For more in-depth thought leadership, read "Now More Voices Agree on the Need to Fix NICS" at www.nssfblog.com/now-more-voices-agree-on-the-need-to-fix-nics/

Contact: Michael Bazinet, mbazinet@nssf.org


SOURCE National Shooting Sports Foundation