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NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statement today applauding Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) for introducing the NICS Denial Notification Act, legislation that will make sure state law enforcement officials are notified each time a person who is not allowed to have guns tries to buy a firearm and fails the background check – providing law enforcement with the information they need to identify unlawful purchasers before they can get a gun another way. The legislation is also co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
Similar legislation will be signed into law today in Oregon. Bills also passed in state houses last year in Washington State and Hawaii. And in 2016, Tennessee – a state with a legislature that was ranked the country’s most conservative for two years in a row – passed similar bipartisan domestic violence legislation that was signed into law by its Republican governor.
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“When a domestic abuser or convicted felon tries to buy a gun and fails a background check, it’s a crime and a warning sign for law enforcement. Under this bill, state law enforcement would be notified when a criminal tries to buy a gun, and given the information they need to help prevent the next crime from happening. We applaud Senators Toomey and Coons for introducing this bipartisan bill.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
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