Cornyn's FIX-NICS bill gets 62 co-sponsors

The HillA bill to bolster the national background check system used for gun purchases crossed a critical milestone this week, getting enough support to break a filibuster and pass the Senate. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn's (R-Texas) office noted on Friday that the legislation picked up six more co-sponsors, bringing the total number of supporters to 62.

This a count of co-sponsors, Senators who have signed up to support the legislation, not an actual vote.

This is both good and bad. Good because it should improve the NICS system overall by requiring reporting and providing penalties if people fall through the cracks. At present, it's a narrowly focused bill. There are better ways to do background checks, but this is an incremental improvement on what we have now.

Bad because the gun control crowd will probably try to amend it with their whole litany of gun control proposals.

We need to be ready to act the moment the Senate begins to consider this legislation. If any amendments pass to add gun control, be ready to turn on a dime and tell your Senator to oppose.

This entry was published Fri Mar 09 16:21:00 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-03-10 11:50:24.0. [Tweet]

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