Thanks to your help, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Thompson-King amendment, 260-143, on May 29. The amendment increases funding by $19.5 million to help states submit records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) System, which will help keep guns out of the wrong hands.
In a statement, the amendment sponsors–representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Peter King (R-NY), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Joe Heck (R-NV), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL), said: “Our national criminal background check system is only as good as the data you put in it, and right now all the information isn’t getting into the system. . . Our bipartisan amendment addresses this dangerous shortfall of information by providing states with the resources they need to get their records into the criminal background checks system.”
The measure still needs to be passed by the Senate, and that vote has not yet been scheduled.
How did New York’s representatives vote? All voted yes–except for Chris Collins (R-NY), who represents the 27th District, outside Buffalo and Rochester.
Please call your representative to thank him or her for voting yes–and contact Chris Collins’s office to express your disappointment with his vote. Find their contact information here.
This was an important first step toward strengthening the federal background check system–but this vote does not close huge loopholes in the system that allow gun purchases at gun shows and over the Internet without background checks. More on federal background checks here.