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senate Bill S. 2135

Fix NICS Act: Improving the Accuracy of the Background Check System for Gun Purchases

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill will ensure that federal agencies and states are reporting relevant criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which helps keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Hannah's Opinion
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02/20/2018
We should make it nearly impossible for people to get a gun, if they really need/want it then they can work for it
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Jason's Opinion
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02/20/2018
If only we enforced the gun control laws we have on the books as vigorously and mercilessly as we enforce immigration law.
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Gazal 's Opinion
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02/20/2018
This is only the first step that should happen. It’s a small step and the NRA approves of this. We need to do more. No more AR-15 or Bumpstocks.
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Argument opposed

If federal agencies and states aren’t already sending relevant criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the tools this bill proposes to incentivize or shame them into doing so will likely be insufficient.

Nicholas's Opinion
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02/20/2018
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
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KingWes's Opinion
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02/20/2018
Criminals already don’t follow the process by going through the right methods of obtaining firearms, so this will do nothing to prohibit criminals from getting their hands on guns. Better enforcement on the current process is needed and more law abiding citizens carrying firearms to help protect everyone from those with harmful intent.
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Vince's Opinion
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02/20/2018
The current system is already a massive infringement of my rights. No to this bill, and while we're at it, repeal the NFA. Repeal 18 USC 922. Abolish gun registrations.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedNovember 15th, 2017
    We should make it nearly impossible for people to get a gun, if they really need/want it then they can work for it
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    The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
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    If only we enforced the gun control laws we have on the books as vigorously and mercilessly as we enforce immigration law.
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    Too little too late. Ban assault weapons. No civilian needs a weapon of war.
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    This is only the first step that should happen. It’s a small step and the NRA approves of this. We need to do more. No more AR-15 or Bumpstocks.
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    Yes! And yes again. There needs to be background checks on all, including gun show and private, gun sales. These need to be on file for instant reference. There needs to also be restrictions on assault weapons and large capacity clips/magazines. The “if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns” argument is as ridiculous as saying “if speeding laws don’t stop speeding there should be no speeding laws”. Every Constitutional right is subject to restriction, including gun rights.
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    “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Yeah? Well, my right to get an education without getting shot shall not be infringed.
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    Criminals already don’t follow the process by going through the right methods of obtaining firearms, so this will do nothing to prohibit criminals from getting their hands on guns. Better enforcement on the current process is needed and more law abiding citizens carrying firearms to help protect everyone from those with harmful intent.
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    As a lifelong firearms supporter and law enforcement officer I agree that firearms background checks and waiting periods as well as age restrictions need to be done “NO Compromise.
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    ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.
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    The current system is already a massive infringement of my rights. No to this bill, and while we're at it, repeal the NFA. Repeal 18 USC 922. Abolish gun registrations.
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    We have laws that already keep weapons from mentally ill, drug users, felons, domestic abusers, dishonorably discharged military, why is this law necessary? Enforce the laws, get FBI to do the job they are paid for. Last three are law enforcement errors! Sandy Hook was an irresponsible parent. California was poor vetting! This is not a gun issue, rather a systemic failure!
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    Insufficient. There needs to be a ban of assault rifles. I’ve also always been a fan of a waiting period and all the other hoops that women are required to endure before they are able to have an abortion.
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    This bill doesn't go nearly far enough and I don't think the solution is that difficult. If you are convicted of any crime or diagnosed with any mental illness- you shouldn't be allowed to own guns. Every gun should be accounted for and tracked when it enters our country.
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    Common sense objective. I support it.
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    To all those on the left please read all of this before you criticize me. This isn’t a gun issue. Guns have been around in America in the US since the settlers came over and school shootings have only happened in the past 20 years. In the last 50 years the average gun per household has gone down but mass shootings have gone up. 98% or mass shootings happen in gun free zones. Banning guns doesn’t work. Fine ban the AR-15. They guy would have gotten a shotgun or pistol. Fine then ban those. He was looking up videos on how to make a bomb. If guns were banned he would have either gotten an illegal gun or made a bomb or used his car. Murder is illegal and bombs are illegal but he was still planning on using a bomb and he killed people. That proves that laws wouldn’t prevent this. This isn’t even necessarily a mental health issue. It’s a society issue. With the media, video games, social media. It comes down to people being left out and alone. Those are the people who want attention from their peers and are having trouble finding it. More and more people are being left out today because kids aren’t kids anymore. The younger you can become and adult the cooler you are. That leaves the kids who just want to be kids being left out. Then they fall behind socially and the only thing they look for is attention. They get attention through a few ways: body building, wealth, looks, and even the extreme case of killing people. I should know because I was a kid that was left out and lagged behind my peers due to strict parents who didn’t let me see movies or play the games my peers did. So I was left out. Instead of resorting to violence (as I have seen some do) I went the economic rout and started my own company at age 17 and now I don’t care about attention anymore because I took a loot from the outside and saw how stupid all this social stuff was and just focused on me and being happy. Best decision I ever made. Deleted my social media and only hung out with a few close friends who actually liked me for me. It’s not a mental health or a gun issue. It’s a being left out issue. You can see this because then they interviewed the students you would often hear “I would try to avoid him” “he was always weird” “I never talked to him” the shooter had no friends and was avoided. That probably started at a young age and once you fall behind it gets harder and harder to catch up. He wanted to kill people for attention and he was going to do it anyway possible. The only thing that can prevent that at that point is professionally trained armed guards. Very school already has security guards so there isn’t a funding issue. The next step is to arm them or follow Israel’s rules and have some teachers be trained and armed. This both deters shooters and takes them down faster than calling the cops would. The reason you call the police is because they have guns and are trained. The solution to this is to have armed guards and to not leave kids out socially.
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    I support anything that may help reduce senseless gun violence.
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    "Shall not be infringed"
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    We need action. If we want to have a safer community we need to change and strengthen our laws.
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    This is overdue and a must for our countries safety.
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