WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced his opposition today to the Fix National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act. Under the bill, federal agencies and states would be asked to do a better job of reporting criminal offenses and other information into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database, designed to control who can purchase a gun. The bill would threaten federal agencies with loss of bonus pay for shoddy compliance and offer states greater access to federal grants in exchange for full compliance.
“I abhor the tragedy that occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the bureaucratic incompetence that contributed to it. That doesn’t mean we need to put yet another law on the books,” said Sen. Kennedy. “State and federal workers already get an incentive for loading records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It’s called a paycheck. If they don’t want to do their job, then fire a few of them. The rest will fall into line. One of the main problems in making government more efficient is that nobody ever gets fired. The simple truth is that we should be firing government bureaucrats if they are not doing their job, not telling them ‘pretty please with sugar on top’ and giving them more taxpayer money.”