Most people think itâ€™s a good idea to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICBCS) is a point-of-sale system for determining the eligibility of a person wishing to purchase a firearm. Licensed firearm dealers are required to use this system before selling a gun. The NICBCS system has blocked more than 2 million gun purchases attempted by prohibited buyers. These hopeful buyers included felons, dishonorably discharged veterans, domestic violence and stalking offenders, substance abusers, undocumented immigrants, those who have renounced their citizenship and the mentally ill. In 2012, the FBI conducted nearly 20 million background checks for prospective firearm buyers. Advocates say this number is but a fraction of the total number of people who purchased guns. An estimated 40% of all arms transfers take place between private parties who are not required to perform background checks. Advocates claim states that require background checks for private handgun sales had nearly 40% fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners. They also had nearly 50% fewer firearm suicides and gun trafficking offenses than states which do not require these checks. Other advocates worry background checks could create a gun-owner registry that could be someday used to confiscate weapons. Other opponents claim background checks are ineffective because our Justice Department declines to prosecute criminals who try to buy guns. In 2010, more than 76,000 firearm purchase applications were denied. Of these denials, 62 were referred for prosecution and only 13 resulted in guilty pleas or verdicts. Background check supporters acknowledge these shortcomings need to be fixed but say that checking the backgrounds of only about half of those attempting to buy a gun does nothing to improve public safety.
H.R.137 – Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current firearm background checks policy and wish to defeat H.R.137
I support prohibiting a person who is not a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer, or dealer from transferring a firearm to, or receiving a firearm from, another unlicensed person, except: through a licensed dealer, which shall conduct a background check through the NICBCS; prohibits an individual adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution from applying for relief from disability under the NICS Act on the basis that the individual does not meet the requirements under such definition, and wish to pass H.R.137