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Doubling Funding for Gun Background Checks

Congresswoman McCarthy says more funding is needed for national background check system.

The House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science appropriated $12 million – more than double the previous fiscal year – for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s (NICS) fiscal year 2013 budget Thursday.  The fiscal year 2012 appropriation was only $5 million.

While the figure is much less than what Democrats running the House have appropriated ($16.6 million in fiscal year 2011, for example), today’s doubling of the fiscal year 2012 appropriation is a significant development by the Republican-controlled House.

We have a very long way to go to reduce the 30-plus Americans that die by gunfire every day. And our criminal background check system is still woefully underfunded. But I applaud House appropriators for moving us in the right direction towards a better funded system that will help prevent crimes and save lives in the future. This appropriation is a significant move and a long-overdue signal that there are people in Congress thinking about how to reduce gun violence in our nation.

As the House sponsor of the Fix Gun Checks Act, the bill would strengthen the nation’s Instant Criminal Background Check System by (a) requiring a background check for every gun sale in America and (b) implementing a set of incentives and penalties for states to put the names of dangerous criminals and the dangerously mentally ill into the no-buy gun database.

 is the representative of New York’s Fourth Congressional District. She was first elected in 1996.

Cypher April 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
She sure loves to spend our tax payments. If her lame brained background checks works, how come people (who are forced to become unarmed sheeps) are still being shot by crooks? Not everybody wants their love ones to be defenseless and gunned down, McCarthy.
Norm Winne April 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Her nephew probably works for the IBC folks... needs a raise!!!
Len Schaier April 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
If you can get through to the congresswoman please let her know that we on the north shore want to work with her to stop the aircraft noise that is hurting all our communities. Unfortunately I have a different zip code and her email system won't let me through nor will her staff call me back. If we don't work together will never make any progress!! Len Schaier, President quietskies.net
Charlie Taxpayer April 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Only honest citizens use the instant check system. Criminals use the black market where there is no check of any kind and can never be stopped. Liberals love to take credit for doing some great public service. In reality where I live this system will have little to contribute to having any real impact on crime or criminal behavior. Just one more tax revenue eating system to make liberals look good on some media outlet. Look at me I did something; vote for me I did nothing is the reality. This is what they are good at.
DJStuCrew April 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Now HERE is an idea we can agree on. As an NRA member, I'm sick to death of being blamed for what criminals do. I'm also tired of the constant barrage of gun control schemes that would never save a life, but further infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to buy and use firearms legally. But I support NICS because it represents CRIMINAL CONTROL: it is a filter, designed to prevent sales of guns to convicted felons and the mentally deficient. If better funding will significantly improve NICS performance, I think we've finally found something to agree on.

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