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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Congressman MacArthur Urges Attorney General to Take Action on Background Check System

February 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Congressman Tom MacArthur is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release the findings of the comprehensive review of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and also issue guidance to states on ways to improve the background check process, to ensure that there is an acceptable minimum standard across the nation.

 

 “While I have consistently supported robust funding for NICS, funding without reform is not enough,” said Congressman MacArthur.  “It is clear that there are flaws in the system. For these reasons, I request that the Department of Justice release the findings from the review of NICS and ensure that our states have guidance on the best background check practices. I know you agree that doing nothing to stop gun violence in our communities is irresponsible. We must work together and advance real solutions to protect our children and neighborhoods.”

 

This action is part of Congressman MacArthur’s safer communities plan, which can be read in full here.

 

Background:

Full Text of the Letter Below:

 

 

February 27, 2018

Hon. Jeff Sessions,

Attorney General of the United States

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

I am contacting you today to request that the Department of Justice release the findings of the comprehensive review of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which you directed on November 22, 2017.

In addition, I believe that the Department must also issue guidance to states on ways to improve the background check process, to ensure that there is an acceptable minimum standard across the nation.

I recently held a meeting in Stafford Township with the Mayor, Police Chief, Police Captain, a Social Worker, and two constituents: One who is a local advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and one who is a local NRA member and avid hunter. We had a productive and open conversation about this critical topic and I walked away from this meeting believing we can work together to make our communities safer.

While I have consistently supported robust funding for NICS, funding without reform is not enough. It is clear that there are flaws in the system.

For these reasons, I request that the Department release the findings from the review of NICS and ensure that our states have guidance on the best background check practices. I know you agree that doing nothing to stop gun violence in our communities is irresponsible. We must work together and advance real solutions to protect our children and neighborhoods. I thank you for your service and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Tom MacArthur

Member of Congress

Last Friday, Congressman Tom MacArthur met with a group of students in Toms River and discussed school safety.

Earlier that week, Congressman Tom MacArthur held a meeting to discuss community safety in Stafford Township. The meeting was attended by Mayor John Spodofora, Police Chief Tom Dellane, Captain Herman Pharo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Meghan Corrigan, Charlene Hoverter - Barnegat resident who is Survivor Engagement Lead and Fellow for Everytown for Gun Safety and a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Randy Campoli who is a local business owner, NRA member, and hunter.

Last week, Congressman MacArthur joined 19 other Congressmen in urging Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote this week on the “Fix NICS Act.”

Yesterday, Congressman MacArthur cosponsored a group of bipartisan bills, endorsed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which will improve safety in schools and communities across South Jersey and the entire country. 

He also released a safer communities plan containing immediate steps that can be taken by the federal government to make our communities safer. Full plan can be read here.