Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Letter To The Editor - NRA-ILA’s Baker Responds To USA Today

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

From James Jay Baker, NRA-ILA Executive Director

March 30, 20001

Mr. Brent Jones
Letters to the Editor
USA Today
1000 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22229

Dear Editor:

The March 29, USA TODAY article on shortcomings in gun buyer instant background checks labors in vain to identify the cause of these problems. These problems are not specific to the National Instant Check System (NICS); the original Brady waiting period had similar issues.

In 1993, Congress directed the FBI to create NICS. Its mission to screen criminals instantly was supported by a $314 million appropriation and five years to upgrade state criminal records.

Over that time Congress requested several updates from then-Attorney General Janet Reno. Their inquiries went unanswered.

What happened?

In March 2000, the General Accounting Office (GAO) audited the FBI`s implementation of NICS. The study revealed deficiencies that inevitably derailed NICS.

The failures are rudimentary; the FBI had no back-up system; instead of building a dedicated database with necessary information, they strung together existing databases (with irrelevant data). Also, this system failed to meet self imposed system security standards.

More perplexing was the Justice Department`s failure ensure that the funding was properly spent on the "instant check" database. Sources inside say that money was wasted on fingerprinting equipment. No one knows the truth as a systemic audit was never performed.

Again, what happened?

The answer is politics, Clinton style.

President Clinton wanted NICS to fail to fuel political support for waiting periods. NICS success would have granted victory to Clinton`s enemy, the National Rifle Association.

Today, eight years and $314 million later, NICS is inadequate. A new administration and Justice Department offers hope that an efficient "instant check" system will be developed delivering its promise - a promise supported by the NRA for 15 years.

James Jay Baker
Executive Director
Institute for Legislative Action, National Rifle Association
TRENDING NOW
DHS “Misinformation Governance Board” Could Seek to Sway Gun Debate

News  

Monday, May 16, 2022

DHS “Misinformation Governance Board” Could Seek to Sway Gun Debate

In late April, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made a bizarre announcement during a congressional hearing that DHS was forming what it called a “Mis- and Disinformation Governance Board.” The statement came ...

Follow the Science, Unless it Leads Where You Don’t Want to Go

News  

Monday, May 16, 2022

Follow the Science, Unless it Leads Where You Don’t Want to Go

Researchers in California have published the results of a study evaluating the effectiveness of so-called “gun violence restraining orders” (a.k.a. “extreme risk protection orders” or “red flag” orders). Assembly Bill 1014, was enacted in California in ...

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

News  

Friday, April 1, 2022

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

Half the country will now enjoy the freedom to carry a handgun for self-defense without a permit from the state thanks to the tireless efforts of men and women of the National Rifle Association. 

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

NRA-ILA Spring 2022 Litigation Newsletter

News  

Friday, May 13, 2022

NRA-ILA Spring 2022 Litigation Newsletter

NRA-ILA’s Office of Litigation Counsel has been busy fighting for our members’ rights in courtrooms across the country. ILA has filed new cases, continued the fight in many existing cases, and scored some good wins. ...

Georgia: Gov. Kemp Signs Constitutional Carry

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Georgia: Gov. Kemp Signs Constitutional Carry

Today, Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 319, constitutional carry, into law. Georgia is now the 25th constitutional carry state, and the fourth to join that group in 2022. Half of the country now recognizes the right ...

Grassroots Spotlight: Remembering Michael Omatsu

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Grassroots Spotlight: Remembering Michael Omatsu

The term "I am the NRA" speaks truth and strength to those special NRA members that choose to be strong advocates in their communities. Michael Omatsu was a passionate NRA-ILA FrontLines Activist Leader (FAL) who went ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas

News  

Thursday, May 12, 2022

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas

Former President Donald J. Trump will headline the 2022 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 27, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Biden Administration Announces New Firearm Rule

News  

Monday, April 18, 2022

Biden Administration Announces New Firearm Rule

On April 11, the Biden Administration announced the finalization of a new firearm rule, and a new nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”). The rule, ATF 2021R-05, is substantially the same ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.