There is a strong correlation between domestic violence and mass shootings – as evidenced by recent events. Looking at every identifiable mass shooting that has occurred between January 2009 and July 2014, 57 percent of them involved the killing of a family member, or a current or former intimate partner of the shooter (source: Everytown for Gun Safety). Entering domestic violence court records into the background check system is the best way to keep guns out of the hands of convicted abusers.
On Nov. 16, U.S. Senators Cornyn, Murphy, Scott, Blumenthal, Hatch, Feinstein, Heller and Shaheen introduced the Fix NICS Act of 2017 – a crucial piece of legislation that will work to ensure all information is uploaded in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), flagging if a person is prohibited from purchasing firearms. Supporting this bill is critical to protecting our communities and preventing future tragedies.