"Today's decision by appropriators is a big step in the right direction. With stronger reporting to NICS, we can help prevent these kinds of shootings from ever happening again."
Statement of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair Boston City Mayor Thomas M. Menino
"I would like to thank Chairman Frank Wolf and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah for today's appropriation of $12 million to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act grant program. This funding is $8 million more than President Obama included in his FY 2013 budget and will be instrumental to improving the reporting of records to NICS.
"Today's appropriation follows on the heels of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's letter last week on the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech school shooting urging other governors to improve the reporting of mental health records to the gun background check system. The letter has also been signed by more than 30,000 others urging their governors to strengthen reporting to NICS.
"These are crucial efforts to help make our communities safer and support our law enforcement agencies as they work hard to fight gun-related crimes."