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Omnibus Update

Monday, December 15, 2003

On December 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2004 omnibus appropriations bill. The bill actually consists of seven unfinished spending bills grouped together, containing literally thousands of separate provisions.

Included in this massive bill is a provision that requires the destruction of approved federal gun purchase records within 24 hours, as opposed to the current retention period of 90 days. This provision applies only to the records of individuals who have already been cleared through the National Instant Check System (NICS), and does not include applicants whose background check indicates a disqualification.

The measure now moves on to the U.S. Senate for a vote next year. Rest assured that NRA-ILA will keep you apprised of any future developments.

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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.