Pelosi: Congress Takes Step Forward in Improving Gun Background Check System and Making Our Nation Safer'
Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening after the House passed Senate amendments to H.R. 2640, the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, which will now go to the President for his signature:
"The tragic shooting at Virginia Tech in April starkly demonstrated that serious gaps exist in the transmittal of background records, allowing thousands of people who are barred from acquiring guns to escape proper background checks.
"The legislation Congress passed today with strong bipartisan support is a step forward in improving the gun buyer background check system and making our nation safer. It authorizes funding and provides practical steps to encourage states to provide timely and accurate information on individuals who are barred under current law from acquiring guns.
"I hope the President immediately signs this essential legislation."