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house Bill H.R. 4477

Fix NICS Act of 2017

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Title

Fix NICS Act of 2017

Official Title

To enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Summary

Fix NICS Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require each federal agency and department, including a federal court, to: certify whether it has provided to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) disqualifying records of persons prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm, and establish and substantially comply with an implementation plan to maximize record submissions and verify their accuracy. (Sec. 3) The bill amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to modify the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP). Specifically, it: establishes a domestic abuse and violence prevention initiative as a priority area for NARIP grant funding, and creates a funding preference for states that establish an implementation plan and use grant funds to upload felony conviction and domestic violence records. (Sec. 4) It amends the Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998 to modify the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP). Specifically, it: specifies that facilitating full participation in the NICS, as an allowable use of NCHIP grant funds, includes increasing efforts to pre-validate felony conviction and domestic violence records to expedite eligibility determinations; and permits the federal share of a grant to exceed 90% of program costs if a state complies with its implementation plan. (Sec. 5) This section amends the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to: direct the Department of Justice (DOJ), in coordination with each state or tribal government, to establish an implementation plan, including benchmarks, to maximize the automation and submission of mental health and criminal history records to the NICS; require DOJ to conduct, and publish the results of, compliance determinations for state and tribal governments; give preference to certain discretionary grant applicants that substantially comply with an implementation plan; and require the NICS to notify law enforcement agencies when a firearm is transferred to a person who is subsequently determined to be prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm. (Sec. 6) DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance must report to Congress on the use of bump stocks in the commission of crimes, including the number of instances and the types of firearms. (Sec. 7) The bill authorizes appropriations for FY2018-FY2022 to carry out activities under this bill.

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedNovember 29th, 2017
    Enforce what already exists! Stop wasting time with reworking something you haven’t even used appropriately in the first place!!
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    There isn't a problem with the nics system. The real problem is that the laws that are currently in place are not being enforced. This bill would put more unneeded regulations on the system and would only hurt law abiding citizens.
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    NIAA is already current law and instead of enforcing NICS with NIAA Congress chooses to create yet another law
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    I wish to encourage you in the strongest terms to vote YES on H.R.38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity" and to vote NO on H.R.4434 and H.R.4477 "Fix NICS" bills. These are real life or death issues for 17,000,000 Concealed Carry Permit holders in the U.S.A. including over 640,000 in Ohio alone. H.R.4434 and 4477 incentivize unaccountable bureaucrats to put as many names as possible on the NICS list of prohibited persons regardless of whether they are innocent or not, and also punishes those bureaucrats who may refuse to do so. As a result millions of innocent Americans will be deprived of their fundamental and Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights without due process of law or trial by jury. This constantly creeping and encroaching infringement on the universal human right of every individual to defend himself or herself from violent attack must be reversed (NOT accelerated as H.R.4434 and 4477 would do.) Please vote NO on H.R.4437 and 4477 or offer amendments to protect innocent people by requiring due process including trial by jury before their names can be added to the NICS list of prohibited persons. The right guaranteed by the 2nd amendment is NOT inferior to the rights guaranteed by the 1st amendment or any of the other amendments and provisions of the Constitution. If individuals cannot be deprived of the right to free speech, assembly, press, vote, privacy, etc, etc, without due process including trial by jury, then they must not be deprived of the right to own and carry guns to defend themselves from violent attack without similar protections of due process and trial by jury either. This universal human right to the tools necessary for self-defense cannot be terminated at any State border, so I encourage you in the strongest terms to vote YES on H.R.38 "National Concealed Carry Reciprocity". Thank you.
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