Eric Holder’s Justice Department to Invest $20 Million For Improving Background Checks

March 25 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to The Daily Caller, The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is planning to invest more than $20 million to strengthen the firearm background check system by improving states’ abilities to share information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) are providing funding for three grants to support state, territorial and tribal efforts to reduce information gaps and make instantly available to NICS all records prohibiting the purchase or possession of firearms.

“As part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence, the Administration is committed to enhancing and strengthening the national criminal record system in support of stronger firearm background checks,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “The Department of Justice intends to take immediate and effective action to work with states to fill gaps in information currently available to the NICS system.”

Improving the existing background check system, as long as it does not result in additional delays or disqualify more law abiding Americans, is something we could get on board with.

Let’s just hope this doesn’t somehow add a whole bunch of new requirements or disqualifiers to the system.

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