This bill — known as the Fix NICS Act — would seek to improve to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by ensuring federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the NICS.
It would require federal agencies and states to produce NICS implementation plans that focus on uploading all information to the background check system showing a person is prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms under current law, including measures to verify the records. To ensure federal agencies comply, the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) would report twice per year on failures by agencies to report such records to NICS and political appointees at such agencies couldn’t receive bonuses.
States that comply with their NICS implementation plans would be rewarded through federal grant preferences and incentives. To ensure states comply, the DOJ would publicly report on states’ adherence to the implementation plan. Law enforcement programs to help state governments share relevant records with NICS would be reauthorized and improved.
A Domestic Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative would be created to ensure that states have adequate resources and incentives to share all relevant information with NICS showing that a felon or domestic abuser is excluded from purchasing firearms under current law.
Technical assistance would be provided to federal agencies and states that are working to comply with NICS record-sharing requirements.