Amendment By Connecticut Rep Strengthens Funding For Gun Background Checks

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U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty scored a legislative victory as her amendment passed to strengthen background checks on gun buyers.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty scored a legislative victory as her amendment passed to strengthen background checks on gun buyers. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. - An amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) to strengthen funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System system passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.

The House voted, 260-145, to pass her amendment last week.

Esty, who represents Danbury and Connecticut's Fifth District in Congress, introduced the amendment with the chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.). Esty is a vice chairman .

“I’m proud that our commonsense amendment strengthening our country’s background check system received bipartisan support,” said Esty. “We’ve learned that the NICS database has incomplete data, allowing felons, people convicted of domestic abuse, and other restricted individuals to illegally buy firearms. At the very least, we need to make sure that the systems we have in place work.

"While our amendment is a good step, Congress’ inaction on other vital efforts to reduce gun violence remains inexcusable. We need to pass enhanced criminal background checks legislation, which will save lives and make our communities safer.”

NICS is the database used by states use to determine whether an individual is ineligible to purchase a firearm because they are a felon, a domestic abuser or seriously mentally ill.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, background checks have blocked more than 2.1 million gun purchases, including more than 291,000 by domestic abusers. Background checks prevent more than 171 convicted felons from purchasing firearms every single day.

Many states do not have adequate funding and resources to submit the most recent and comprehensive data to the NICS database. Esty’s amendment would increase funding for NICS by $19.5 million to meet the growing demand from states for financial assistance in updating the database.

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence
Our nation has suffered too much at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit horrific acts of violence. As President Obama said following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.”

repeal the SECOND Amendment

Itis clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence

So, once again you cannot answer a simple question. How did the CA gun laws prevent the last shooting?

No one is going to answer your question because you are a troll..

Why did you parent get rid of you??/Did they know you were a retard. . Answer the question.

What I find odd, is CA has EVERY EXPANDED GUN CONTROL LAW IN PLACE:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence

That is from the white house FYI.

So tell me more about how gun laws prevent mass shootings?

58 Murders a Year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in US
The number don't lie ulike the right wingers

Yes I now see the need to repeal the second amendment

repeal the SECOND Amendment That will save lives

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, background checks have blocked more than 2.1 million gun purchases, including more than 291,000 by domestic abusers. Background checks prevent more than 171 convicted felons from purchasing firearms every single day

The numbers don't lie. This proves gun laws work

I wonder if Obama would pass the background test...

He is too busy freeing terrorists.

You anti American scum calling hero army Sgt Bowe Bergdahi a terrorist

I was wrong for calling Sgt Bowe Bergdahi a terrorist

The deserter who's father keeps tweeting about freeing more prisoners from Gitmo?

You lying scum that was made up by the wacko anti American right wing blogs.

You are correct and I am sorry that repeat the lies of the right wing blogs

Oh is your mother a terrorist ..Did you find her?

Probably more likely to pass than the wacko ring wing pro gun group.
Alethiologist
FYI
I like your user name..I think I will make it mine.

"According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, background checks have blocked more than 2.1 million gun purchases, including more than 291,000 by domestic abusers. Background checks prevent more than 171 convicted felons from purchasing firearms every single day."

That is is complete and utter BS. Background check is a good idea, however criminals do not obey laws. (Chicago).

Wow
Now have the pro gun group suggesting that we do away with laws because a criminal may not obey team.
A murder does not obey the law against murder
Shall we get rid of that law?
A burglar does not obey the law against burglary.
Shall we get rid of that law?
A rapist does not obey the law against rape.
Shall we get rid of that law?
That is what your logic or should I say lack of logic suggests

We know you are not too smart, and require the government or some one else to tell you how to do things. You can barely write a sentence, and have to use multiple usernames just to agree with yourself. We all get that.

Now tell me, how is that "war on drugs" working out?

You are implying that people will suddenly commit crime if crime is made legal. I think you lack the capacity to think or formulate any meaningful thought.

Queen CEO
States
"You are implying that people will suddenly commit crime if crime is made legal".
So in other words as the other poster stated, you are suggesting that we get rid of all laws..This is a country of laws. It seems you may like better in a 3rd world country that has no laws.

The group has made the Robtard look like a fool once again.. You seem to be very angry . Is it because your life is a failure or because your parents didn't want you? The one question we have is why do you refer to yourself in the 3rd person when you describe yourself??

Hey queen as far as the war on drugs..You should answer that question as you have bragged time and again about your drug habit.

This is excellent news