A measure introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives is designed to ensure that eligible gun purchasers are not arbitrarily denied their right to obtain firearms.
H.R. 4980, the Firearm Due Process Protection Act introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., would afford those who are denied a firearm purchase by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) an effective and expeditious means of correcting any misinformation that would erroneously cause such a result. In January it was reported that the FBI had “temporarily” suspended work on processing appeals of denials issued by NICS. The backlog of pending appeals at the time stood at 7,100.
Among other things, Rep. Emmer’s bill would address this issue by requiring the government to make a final determination on an appeal within 60 days after it received information in support of a claim. Learn more here.