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New Gun Bill Urges Everyone to Obey the Other Gun Bills

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

om Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomA new bipartisan bill aimed at fixing the holes in the federal background check system was introduced today. Sponsored by an unlikely collection of senators that includes Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the “Fix NICS Act” promises to “enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System” (NICS) by giving money to states that do a good job of getting records into the system, and by penalizing federal agencies that do a bad job of it.

The proposal is a response to the Air Force’s failure to report Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley’s assault conviction to the NICS, which would have prevented him from passing any federal background check.

As far as legislative responses to mass shootings go, this one at first glance seems pretty harmless. For evidence, look at the air of disappointment with which its Democratic sponsors unveiled it. “It’s no

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