Lipinski Joins Fight for Commonsense Bill to Alert Law Enforcement When a Criminal Attempts to Purchase a Firearm

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“While the scourge of gun violence continues to plague our nation, there are numerous commonsense measures that we could implement to combat this violence.  We should all agree that we want to keep firearms out of the hands of people who are not legally allowed to purchase them.  That is why I am joining colleagues from both sides of the aisle in cosponsoring the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Denial Notification Act (H.R. 4471).  This bill would create a system to alert state and local law enforcement when an individual legally prohibited from purchasing a gun attempts to buy one.

“We trust the police in our communities to help keep us safe.  We should all be able to get behind legislation that lets them know when felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill are prevented by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System from purchasing a gun.  We need to give law enforcement the tools they need to intervene before a dangerous person acquires a weapon and commits a violent crime. 

“In order to build bipartisan support for this bill, the authors – Reps. Quigley (D-IL) and Meehan (R-PA) – are requiring Democrats who want to co-sponsor the legislation to bring a Republican co-sponsor onboard.  I reached out across the aisle to my colleagues Reps. Lance (NJ) and Fitzpatrick (PA) to urge them to cosponsor this bill.  They subsequently signed on to the legislation.  I will continue to work to garner additional support so that we can finally start getting some commonsense legislation passed to curb gun violence. 

“Other bills I’m supporting would establish a committee on gun violence prevention (H.Res. 367), eliminate policy prohibiting the Health and Human Services department from researching causes of gun violence (H.R. 1478, Gun Violence Research Act), make firearms trafficking a federal crime and impose stronger penalties on straw purchasers of guns (H.R. 1475, Gun Trafficking Prevention Act), ban bump stocks and similar devices (H.R. 3947, Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act), and reauthorize and strengthen the criminal background check system and subject gun show, internet, and classified ad sales to the background check system (H.R. 4240, Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act).

“I understand these changes are not going to solve all our problems related to this life-and-death issue, but these necessary steps are long overdue.  After what we have witnessed as a nation in recent years, we can’t afford to just keep doing nothing.”