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Cornyn Issues Statement on Background Checks Bill Becoming Law

Senator John Cornyn issued a statement this week, ahead of the one year anniversary of the passage of the Fix NICS Act.

On Friday, Cornyn issued the statement, as the law turns one year old on Saturday, March 23rd. In the statement, Cornyn said he is proud of the bill’s passage, and believes the law will “save lives.”

“This law strengthened the background check system to better prevent criminals from obtaining firearms, as was the case in Sutherland Springs.,” Cornyn said. “What started as one step toward addressing the holes in the background check system became a big step toward preventing another tragedy. I believe this law will save lives.”

Cornyn introduced the bill in 2017, following the deadly shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. According to Cornyn’s office, the bill received support from Democratic and Republican senators, as well as the National Rifle Association, and aims to “ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”

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Cornyn/Photo by HuffPo

Cornyn/Photo by HuffPo

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