Gun trade group moves to clear the air on Fix NICS legislation
By Chris Eger
The firearms industry’s trade association on Thursday released a statement arguing the language of a national concealed carry reciprocity bill does not interfere with the Second Amendment rights.
Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the Fix NICS legislation folded into H.R.38 just before it was passed this week in the House is not a gun control measure as some contend. Instead, it simply moves to help ensure the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has all necessary disqualifying records of those who should not have firearms in its database.
“No one who sells firearms for their livelihood wants to put a gun into the hands of a criminal or a mentally unstable individual,” Keane said. “While we know it’s not perfect, we want to work to improve the system – not expand the law – but improve the system. That’s what the Fix NICS Act will do.”
Keane pointed to the NSSF’s long-running program of the same name, poised to enter its fifth year, which has upped the number of disqualifying criminal and mental health records to the system by working with state and federal agencies.
“NSSF’s work has resulted in a 170 percent increase