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AG Ashcroft Seeks Comments On NICS

Friday, August 3, 2001

Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are accepting public comment on reforming the National Instant Check System (NICS). The comment period will run until September 4, 2001. Be sure to take the time to let the DOJ know you would like to see NICS run as it was originally intended—efficiently, instantly, and without the threat of it being abused to establish a registry of law-abiding gun purchasers. Tell the DOJ that the background checks on lawful gun purchasers through NICS should be processed instantly, as the system`s name implies; persistent system crashes must be eliminated; and there should be no retention of personal information on any law-abiding gun purchaser whose attempt to acquire a firearm that is subject to a NICS check is not denied by NICS. Please submit your written comments to:

Mr. Timothy Munson, Section Chief
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Module A-3
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306-0147

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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.