Transcript: Sen. Jeff Flake’s remarks on the NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013
You know, in Arizona after the shooting of Gabby Giffords – just a couple of weeks ago, Mark Kelly and Gabby came to Capitol Hill and talked about some of the shortcomings of our background check system in Arizona. They pointed out that there are more than 120,000 mental health records – people who have been adjudicated state level – and those are not part of the NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check] system. Something wrong when that is the case.
Now, this piece of legislation and perhaps some other things that we can do will allow individuals who – allow authorities to determine who is incapable and should not be in a position to get a weapon.
I appreciate the time that’s gone into this, particularly by the primary sponsors and I’m glad to support it here today.