Senators promote law to standardize gun denial notifications |
Politics Election

Senators promote law to standardize gun denial notifications

Deb Erdley

Three days after a pair of mass shootings rocked the nation, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators is promoting legislation that would standardize procedures for gun license denials across the country.

Pennsylvania is among 13 states that operate their own background checks on individuals attempting to purchase firearms using the FBI’s instant check system (NICS). Authorities in those states know when individuals fail background checks and can have state law enforcement investigate these cases. But in 37 other states, that’s not necessarily the case.

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, Pa., and Chris Coons, D-Del. said the proposed measure could improve gun safety laws and alert authorities in those 37 states when an individual who is prohibited from owning firearms files false statements to gain one.

“The NICS Denial Notification Act provides states with critical information to help them enforce existing laws against individuals who attempt to purchase firearms but have no legal right to do so,” Toomey and Coons said in a joint statement Tuesday. “Under this measure, federal authorities would now be required to alert state law enforcement within 24 hours when individuals ‘lie and try’ to purchase firearms, which can be a warning sign of additional criminal behavior.”

Organizations endorsing the proposal include: the Fraternal Order of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National District Attorneys Association, Firearms Owners Against Crime, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

NICS Denial Notification Act co-sponsors include: Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.