Issues by Topic: Background Checks/NICS

October 25, 2013

Bloomberg Sticks His Nose into Virginia Politics and Earns Three Pinocchios

Apparently, having billions of dollars in disposal income and being the mayor of America's most populous city (and let's face it, a place with problems of its own) isn't enough to keep billionaire Michael Bloomberg busy.  We've often reported on his antics here in the Commonwealth of Virginia (see here, here, and here, for example), and we can thank him for at least one pro-gun law being on Virginia's books. 
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October 4, 2013

NICS Will Continue to Operate during Government Shutdown

NRA-ILA has received a number of questions on the status of the NICS system during the government "shutdown".
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September 27, 2013

NICS Will Continue to Operate if There Is a Government Shutdown

NRA-ILA has received a number of questions on the status of the NICS system in the case of a government shutdown.
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August 15, 2013

Do "Universal" Background Checks Reduce Murder Rates?

We crunch the numbers, and for states that already have such laws, The conclusion is inescapable. National mandatory background checks for all private party firearm sales are again part of the national conversation. There are people who everyone agrees should not be able to buy a gun—convicted violent criminals and those currently awaiting trial or sentencing for such crimes, illegal aliens, people with serious mental illness problems. If the background check was free, fast, and did not produce any gun or gun owner registration lists, it would likely face less opposition from gun rights advocates. But such a system is a far cry from recent proposals.
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July 15, 2013

Connecticut: Obama's Model Law

For any of your friends who might doubt President Barack Obama’s true end-game on “gun control”, look no further than the president’s whole-hearted endorsement of Connecticut’s draconian new law which bans more than 100 specific models of firearms, including many shotguns, and requires registration of many popular firearms and magazines.
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April 19, 2013

Drama in the Rose Garden: Defying Senate, Obama Vows to Win on Gun Control

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected a gun control agenda that President Obama has adopted as his own over the last few months, but to which other gun control supporters have bitterly clung for years: banning an ever-lengthening list of semi-automatic firearms, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and expanding background check requirements to require government permission for many transfers of firearms among private citizens.
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April 8, 2013

Survey Finds Law Enforcement United Against Gun Control

FAIRFAX, Va. – PoliceOne.com released today the results of an extensive survey of about 15,000 active and retired law enforcement officers of all ranks and from departments ranging in size from less than 25 to more than 1,000.
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March 15, 2013

Don't Believe Everything You Read

Whenever NRA reviews other organizations' surveys or polls that claim to represent the views of NRA members, we do so with a suspicious eye.  Our membership rolls are not released, so it's impossible for organizations that have no access to the NRA's membership list, to "test the pulse" of NRA members as effectively as NRA can. 
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March 12, 2013

Statement from Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, regarding inaccurate NBC story alleging that NRA won’t oppose background check bill

An article appearing today on NBCNews.com is falsely reporting that NRA will not oppose legislation being negotiated in the U.S. Senate that would mandate background checks for all gun purchasers.The story posted on NBCNews.com alleges that NRA will not oppose expanding the background check system to include all private firearm sales, "provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks".  This statement is completely untrue. 
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March 12, 2013

Statement from Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, regarding inaccurate NBC story alleging that NRA won’t oppose background check bill

An article appearing today on NBCNews.com is falsely reporting that NRA will not oppose legislation being negotiated in the U.S. Senate that would mandate background checks for all gun purchasers.The story posted on NBCNews.com alleges that NRA will not oppose expanding the background check system to include all private firearm sales, "provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks".  This statement is completely untrue. 
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January 24, 2013

Statement from Chris W. Cox Regarding Universal Background Checks

An article appearing on TheHill.com today asserted that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is working on a bill with the NRA that would implement universal background checks. NRA does NOT support universal background checks and is not working with Manchin to implement this type of legislation.  NRA opposes, and will continue to oppose, universal background checks and registration schemes.  
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January 18, 2013

Biden says Administration Doesn't Have Time to Prosecute People Who Lie on Background Checks

As has been widely reported, an NRA representative recently met with an Obama administration-directed firearm task force led by longtime gun control supporter Vice-President Joe Biden.  It came as no surprise that the meeting had little to do with keeping our children safe and much to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.
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ILA Alert

January 17, 2013

Private Sales Restrictions and Gun Registration

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which became operational in 1998, verifies that a person seeking to buy a firearm from a gun dealer is not prohibited from doing so by federal or state law. The National Rifle Association supported its establishment.  Gun control supporters opposed NICS, preferring to require a gun purchaser to wait several days after stating the desire to buy a gun, before receiving it from a firearm dealer.
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February 1, 2012

Senator Schumer Holds Hearing on Registration and Rights Denial Bill

On Nov. 16, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., s.436, dubbed by anti-gunners as the “Fix Gun Checks Act.” But rather than “fix” the current National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the legislation would eliminate private sales and gun shows as we know them, and expand the range of persons prohibited from owning firearms.
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April 19, 2011

Why NRA Opposes Gun Control Supporters` "Terrorist Watchlist" Bills

Some believe that S. 34 (Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.) and H.R.1506 (Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.) are intended to prevent "terrorists" from buying guns.
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May 4, 2010

Longtime Gun Control Supporters Sponsor Gun Owner Blacklist Bills in Congress

Despite their patriotic-sounding name—the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009”—H.R. 2159 by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and S. 1317 by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) aren’t intended to contribute to the war on terrorism.
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August 30, 2009

Are You An American, or Are You A Terrorist?

If you are an NRA member, are returning from active duty, agree with the Heller decision and believe the government is attempting to ban guns, than a cabal of anti-gunners is asking... Are You An American, or Are You A Terrorist?
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May 21, 2009

Gun Owner Blacklist Bill Introduced in U.S. House

On April 29, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, who calls himself "a strong supporter of the war against international terrorism, both at home and abroad," introduced H.R. 2159, calling it the "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009."
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November 7, 2008

The Gun Show Myth

Gun shows are large, public events that for many decades have been held in convention centers and banquet halls, attended by gun enthusiasts, hunters, target shooters, law enforcement and military personnel, and their families. Under federal law, firearm dealers—persons engaged in the business of selling firearms for profit on a regular basis—are required to conduct background checks on anyone to whom they sell any firearm, regardless of where the sale takes place. Federal law also provides that a person who is not a dealer may sell a firearm from his personal collection without conducting a check.
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January 8, 2008

Senate Passes NICS Improvement Act, House Concurs

After months of careful negotiation, pro-gun legislation was passed through Congress on Wednesday, December 19, 2007. The National Rifle Association (NRA) worked closely with Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to address his concerns regarding H.R. 2640, the National Instant Check System (NICS) Improvement Act. These changes make a good bill even better. The end product is a win for American gun owners.
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December 19, 2007

Senate Passes NICS Improvement Act, House Concurs

After months of careful negotiation, pro-gun legislation was passed through Congress today. The National Rifle Association (NRA) worked closely with Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to address his concerns regarding H.R. 2640, the National Instant Check System (NICS) Improvement Act. These changes make a good bill even better. The end product is a win for American gun owners.
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October 5, 2007

The NICS Improvement Bill: Myth and Reality

Some opponents of the “NICS Improvement Amendments Act” (H.R. 2640) have spent the last several months painting a picture of the bill that would rightly terrify gun owners--if it was true.
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August 2, 2007

Clearing the Air on the Instant Check Bill (H.R. 2640)

A recent U.S. House bill to improve the federal background check system has stirred up a flurry of misinformation. NRA-ILA sets the record straight.
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June 13, 2007

H.R. 2640, the "NICS Improvement Amendments Act"

The NICS Improvement Amendments Act (H.R. 2640) would require federal agencies to provide records of prohibited individuals for use in NICS. It would also provide financial incentives to states to do the same, by rewarding states that provide records to NICS and penalizing those that refuse to do so over an extended period of time.
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April 27, 2007

NICS Legislative Efforts

The National Rifle Association has always supported including the records of individuals adjudicated mentally defective into the National Instant Background Check System. We believe that the NICS should serve the intent of Congress, which is to prohibit the legal sale of firearms to criminals and other prohibited persons, such as adjudicated mental defectives. However, we must not forget that the NICS also serves the purpose of clearing firearm purchases by law-abiding Americans. Too often, the system has been abused and has not delivered on the promise of a fair and instant check.
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April 2, 2007

H.R. 297/NICS Improvement

The National Rifle Association has always supported including the records of individuals adjudicated mentally defective into the National Instant Background Check System. We believe that the NICS should serve the intent of Congress, which is to prohibit the sale of firearms to criminals and other prohibited persons, such as adjudicated mental defectives. However, we must not forget that the NICS also serves the purpose of clearing firearm purchases by law-abiding Americans. Too often, the system has been abused and has not delivered on the promise of a fair and instant check.
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May 22, 2001

James Jay Baker Letter On Background Checks

A March 29, 2001, USA TODAY article highlighted problems with the National Instant Check System, but failed to identify their causes.
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April 19, 2000

BATF Records Demand Ruled Illegal

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland declared illegal a program demanding that certain licensed dealers turn over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) all records on lawful firearm purchasers for a three-year period and for the indefinite future.
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March 9, 2000

GAO Finds Faults With FBI`s NICS Operation

Results of a recently released General Accounting Office investigation into the FBI`s implementation and operation of the National Instant Check System--the national database containing records of persons who are disqualified from receiving firearms--point to significant failures of the Clinton-Gore Administration.
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January 27, 2000

Targeting Gun Shows

By the Independence Institute`s David B. Kopel. "Close the gun show loophole" demanded Handgun Control, Inc. But many Democrats didn`t want a law as much as they wanted a campaign issue for the 2000 elections.
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July 28, 1999

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

By what standard should the Brady Act be judged? Former President Clinton and Handgun Control, Inc., consider the law a success, because it disapproves hundreds of thousands of firearm purchase applications. But does the law prevent crime?
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July 16, 1999

Guide To The National Instant Check System

Answers to some of the most common questions about NICS.
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July 16, 1999

Gun Shows Under Attack By David Kopel

Kopel, of the Independence Institute, explains what gun shows are -- and aren`t -- and why anti-gun activists are demanding restrictions designed to put gun shows out of business.
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