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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) today introduced 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 aims to prevent gun violence by ensuring that relevant agencies and institutions accurately submit records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Upon introduction, Sen. Cruz, said: "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 – as the Biden administration has continually signaled they intend to do. I am honored to continue the fight to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons, fugitives, and those with severe mental health issues that endanger themselves and those around them. I once again urge my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together with us to prevent future tragedies." Sen. Grassley said: "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 […]

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