NSSF Commends President, Congress on Gun and School Safety Laws

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NEWTOWN, Conn.-(Ammoland.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today commended President Donald Trump and Congress for signing into law the omnibus legislation containing Fix NICS and Stop School Violence provisions. Both legislative measures were called for by President Trump and supported by NSSF as measures to help ensure firearms remain beyond the reach of prohibited individuals while respecting the rights of law-abiding firearms owners and working to keep children safe.

“The legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump is a true achievement to making communities safer while respecting individual rights,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president for government and public affairs and general counsel. “This law will enable the FBI’s background check system to work as intended, a longstanding goal for the firearms industry, as well as providing resources to states to improve mental health and intervention services critical to enabling authorities to proactively address potential threats in their communities.”

NSSF thanks Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) for his leadership to reach across party lines and gain support from 77 senators to make true changes that make communities safer while respecting constitutional rights.

“Fixing the background check system will help save lives and reduce the likelihood of what occurred in Parkland and Sutherland Springs from happening again,” said Sen. Cornyn in a press release.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised legislation for the measures to work with states to ensure all disqualifying mental health and criminal records are uploaded to the FBI and resources are available to intervene to prevent tragedies witnessed in Florida.

“This bill fixes and fully funds the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS), a critical step to keep guns out of the hands of people with a criminal history,” Speaker Ryan said in a press release. “It implements key provisions of the STOP School Violence Act to fund Department of Justice grant programs that help keep schools safe. Overall, the bill provides more than $2.3 billion in new funding for mental health, training, and school safety programs.”

NSSF launched the FixNICS campaign in 2013 and worked successfully to reform laws in 16 states, resulting in an increase in the number of disqualifying mental health records in NICS to nearly 5 million, from about 1.7 million, a 200 percent increase. NSSF previously endorsed S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which topped 77 cosponsors. NSSF also endorsed H.R. 4909, the Stop School Violence Act, which overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Both bills were merged with the omnibus legislation and are now law.

The legislation includes several other crucial provisions to important to hunters and recreational shooting. NSSF supported the inclusion of an additional $10 million for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to aide in reducing administrative backlogs. The legislation also affirms the policy that the Centers for Disease Control is enabled to study firearms, but that any study must adhere to longstanding restrictions of advocacy. Increased access to public lands for hunters and recreational shooters was included.

NSSF worked with Congress to include the Making Public Lands Public Act as a provision. This initiative ensures a portion of funds are permanently made available from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for land acquisition to ensure the public has access to the more than 38 million acres of isolated public lands either through ownership of private properties or geographic boundaries. NSSF is also proud to support the inclusion of the “Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures” (HUNT) Act in the Omnibus, which would improve access to federal lands for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation by directing federal public land management agencies to identify federal lands where hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are permitted but where access is unavailable or significantly restricted.


About NSSFNational Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org/.

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@Joe Yes; and the 200,000 or so misguided youth that went to Washington should have been and should continue to be descending on the Broward County Sheriff Headquarters, Local FBI Office that took the calls and failed to act, etc. along with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, George Clooney, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus,and mom Tish, sisters Brandi and Noah, Ariana Grande, Cher Oprah Winfrey, Amal Clooney, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Jennifer Hudson, Paul McCartney, Yara Shahidi, Amy Schumer, Olivia Wilde and Skai Jackson, etc., etc. demanding answers, change, resignations, compensation of and from the Broward… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Did the bill that just passed include requiring that someone has to be 21 years of age to purchase a firearm? My youngest grandson just turned 18 years old.

tomcat
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tomcat

@oldvet I did not know Trump could let the bill pass by him and still be put into law. In another six months they will be doing this again and chances are Trump may have learned a lesson from this one. Politics are a mean game.

The other Jim
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The other Jim

@Joe, be concerned about the definition of what is meant by “mentally disqualifying”. 13 months now Senate ignores Reciprocity for the law-abiding who hold carry permits who continue to be arrested crossing a border line, but continue giving to the liberals.
S2135 and HR4909 merged, passed by Trump:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2135/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22S.+2135%22%5D%7D&r=1&overview=closed#tabs

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4909/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr4909%22%5D%7D&r=1

Joe
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Joe

To: The Other Jim: Regarding the crazy in Florida that murdered 17 kids. A multitude of citizens reported this guy to law enforcement over a period of time. Law enforcement sat around sucking their thumbs. If the crazy had been locked up, the murders wouldn’t have happened!

The other Jim
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The other Jim

“Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised legislation for the measures to work with states to ensure all disqualifying mental health…”
What is the definition of “disqualifying mental health”?? Someone who had their doctor prescribe a stress medication for a short duration of time at one time or another; two decades earlier, three decades earlier?? Half the country could be deemed “disqualified mentally” by NICS.

Cecil
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Cecil

All comments before mine are spot on.
NSSF has always been questionable, now they are unbelievable.

Joe
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Joe

Does anyone have a list of Republicans who voted for more gun control? There’s an election coming up soon!

tmm
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Joe
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Joe

Does anyone have the list of Republicans who voted for more gun control? There are elections coming up soon.

James Higginbotham
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James Higginbotham

why should we Americans ever BE GOOD AND OR DECENT TO OUR TRAITORS IN GOVT.
to me it’s like KISSING THE ASS OF BULLIES, this is like KISSING THE HAND OF THE HANGMEN AS HE SLIPS THE NOOSE AROUND YOUR NECK.

this HAS TO END, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

Joe
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Joe

Decent, honest citizens are being punished for the acts of the criminals and crazies that are allowed to run loose in modern America! Lock up the criminals and crazies, problem solved!

Joe
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Joe

Does anyone have a list of the squish bag Republicans who voted for more gun control?

Jeffersonian
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Jeffersonian

So, expanding gun(owner) registration through “background” “checks”, raising the age of purchase, and generally contributing to an atmosphere of hatred and discrimination toward gunowners?

Whose side are you guys supposed to be on?

tomcat
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tomcat

Pelosi, Chucky, Ryan and McConnell put this together and I think the total purpose was to get Trump and they did. He was trapped either direction he took, veto or sign. basically, he got outsmarted and hung out to dry. Some on Fox are already saying President Pence. This whole bunch of anti employees of the American people need to be fired. It makes me feel real good to know I get to pay for a tunnel being built from N.Y. to N.J. for Chucky who pushed that in there. They are throwing money at NICS hoping some of it… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@tc…There was a third option – I think would have been smarter. Say he could not sign it but this is what both houses wanted and let go into law with out his signature.

Missouri Born
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Missouri Born

The president should not have signed this legislation, he could have waited a few days until congress was back in session the government wouldn’t have folded.
Members of congress need to learn a lesson that they work for the people not the other way around.

The other Jim
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The other Jim

Pelosi and Schumer and the dems are ecstatic. Fix NICS with more incorrect mental health data and other information so as to disqualify more citizens from their 2nd. Amendment Rights; and put the burden of legal expenses and time on the citizens to fight to gain their right back. Thank Cornyn for this and no reciprocity.

Red hunter
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Red hunter

Sad passed more non working laws and want protect no body it is sad times have change these people don’t care about the laws when this happen again what law will they pass when people turn in people and law don’t do nothing untill after the fact law don’t work they just show there not intrested in keeping anyone safe

Douglas Kuykendall
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Douglas Kuykendall

This is what elections for,only probably it’s hard to figure who’s the the liar.Trump called Cruz a liar,but I think the liar is lying Don.I hope someone run in primaries against him or I don’t think I’ll be voting

HenryB
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HenryB

This was a massive betrayal of gun owners by the Republican “Establishment”. The Republican Party will not have to look beyond this bill to wonder why gun owners do not support them in the midterm elections.
We will then be bombarded by their pleas for money and votes to help ‘”protect” our gun rights from the gun-grabbing Democrats”.
People, it is time to support the Libertarian candidates at all levels – the canard about “wasted votes” will no longer find traction.

Joe
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Joe

Does anyone have a list of the Republicans that voted for more gun control?

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Henry…you would prefer the obummer democrap disguised as a independent named bernie ?

HenryB
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HenryB

Of course, I would not prefer Sanders. What would make you leap to that stupid conclusion?
Sanders is a socialist who caucuses with the Democrats; until this last election, Sandaers was a solid pro-gun vote. McConnell, Ryan, and the rest of the RINO herd have always paid lip service to the Second Amendment but voted for plenty of gun control bills while quashing pro-gun bills (HPA, National Reciprocity, etc.).

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

Seriously,I know the NSSF is a wing of Wayne Lapierre.org but as NICS is UnConstitutional WTF fix it.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Today’s vote proves we aren’t being listened to.

Charlie
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Charlie

We’re always told when contacting our Congressional reps to “be polite, be humble, be courteous, be meek, kiss their ass”. Did alot of good didn’t it? We should learn a lesson from the gun-control groups.

Paracosm76
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Paracosm76

Also proves that as noisy as gun owners can be it’s ultimately a minority group. They have run the numbers – most of the public want the proposed measures.

John Dunlap
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John Dunlap

Polls can be made to “prove” whatever the pollsters want them to, and politicians, including Trump, are just as vulnerable to such manipulation as the public is. The problem is not who we elect, so much as it is the collection of lifetime appointees and employees who make up the “deep state” bureaucracy. Trump removed some of them, but not all, and it is obvious now that he has been isolated and neutralized. A third party vote may provide a partial solution. I find the Libertarians too secular and too tolerant of so called free trade for my liking, but… Read more »