June 20, 2019

Congressman Neguse Advocates for Robust Funding For the National Instant Background Check System

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Neguse passed an amendment on the House floor which would provide robust funding for states to improve their criminal and mental health records as part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Since the NICS background check system was put into effect, over 308 million background checks have been conducted,  leading to the denial of over 3 million firearms sales to prohibited purchasers. In 2018, Colorado conducted 340,816 checks against the NICS system with 6,279 denials. Yet, given the incident in Colorado in April, where a woman from Florida shut down schools across the Front Range after wrongfully passing a background check, purchasing a firearm and making threats to area schools, it’s clear that state background check systems in Colorado, and in states across the country, require more resources and updates.

“In Colorado, we have experienced the tragedy of gun violence far too often,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Increasing funds for states to improve and equip their background check systems would benefit Colorado and keep our students, teachers and families safe from future incidents of gun violence. Funding from the NICS program would benefit Colorado’s state criminal and mental background check system, and provide another step forward on gun violence prevention.”

View Congressman Neguse’s remarks on the House floor in support of the amendment here.