Grassley, Cruz, Tillis Introduce Bill to Improve Background Checks and Firearm Safety; Safeguard Second Amendment

Grassley, Cruz, Tillis Introduce Bill to Improve Background Checks and Firearm Safety; Safeguard Second Amendment

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today reintroduced legislation to protect Second Amendment rights, improve firearm safety and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. The Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2021 prevents gun violence by ensuring that relevant agencies and institutions accurately submit records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). “The failure to fully employ the national background checks system has come at the cost of lives. Over the last several years, a number of mass shootings and deaths could have been prevented had our current background check systems worked properly. Our bill will improve that system to ensure the NICS system receives the information it needs to keep firearms out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves or others. It does that without burdening the Second Amendment rights of Americans,” Grassley said. “When we first introduced this legislation in 2013, after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, it received a bipartisan majority vote in the Senate. There’s no reason that can’t happen again.” “When Sen. Grassley and I introduced this bill nine years ago, it received the most bipartisan support of any comprehensive gun legislation. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats recklessly blocked it. Our bill seeks to increase support for school safety funding, ensure agencies accurately submit records to the NICS, and develop a federal task force to prosecute criminals who illegally purchase a firearm, rather than target law-abiding citizens – […]

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