NICS Disqualifying Info. Submissions Up
Recently the folks at the National Shooting Sports Foundations touted a major milestone. The NSSF reported an increase in the reporting of disqualifying information regarding mental health adjudication that would prevent some individuals from purchasing a firearm.
The increase came as a result of the FixNICS program initiated by the firearms industry in 2013 and sign into law by President Trump earlier this tear. Initially there were 1.7 million records in 2013, now there are 5.6 million, an increase of 241%. This increase is largely through the efforts of the NNSF who worked with 16 states to help change laws to increase submissions of disqualifying information to the NICS database. The NSSF was also instrumental in working with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on FixNICS legislation that was signed into law by Trump.
The new law requires federal agencies to submit all disqualifying records, and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting and directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.
Currently there are several states still do not fully submit their disqualifying records. State participation in the NICS system is voluntary as the 10th Amendment prohibits the federal government to mandate the states to submit records.