Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined an effort led by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to introduce the Fix NICS Act to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.
The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
Background on the Fix NICS Act