More gun control coming out of the D.C. swamp. 


Currently, National Instant Criminal Background Check System approvals are purged of personal information after 24 hours, but a plan backed by a New York Democrat would push this to 90 days.

The practice of destroying the records of approved checks is mandated by federal law and was reached after a series of legal challenges to the Brady Act aimed at preventing the building blocks for a national gun registry. However, one member of Congress, backed by a throng of gun control organizations, says that by deleting the information the background check system is weakened.

“This bill would give law enforcement the tools it needs to ensure NICS is accurate and effective by giving them enough time to properly audit the background check system,” said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who plans to introduce her NICS Review Act in coming days. “We must do all we can to ensure that those we have already deemed ineligible aren’t slipping through the cracks.”

Maloney’s office outlines that her proposal would bump the current 24 hour maximum for keeping approved records intact to a 90-day minimum so that the FBI and federal firearms regulators could better audit the background check system. Under current guidelines, NICS scrubs identifying information about purchasers from approved checks within 24 hours to comply with federal law, retaining just the transaction number and date of the check for reviews. For delayed background checks, which accounted for about two percent of all checks according to a 2016 audit of NICS by the Office of the Inspector General, purchaser information is kept up to 90 days while the transaction is pending. Checks that deny a transfer do not have their information purged from the system.

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