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In a further step to keep guns from getting into the hands of criminals, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today praised the Louisiana House of Representatives for its unanimous passage on Tuesday of Senate Bill 135. Under the legislation, any Louisiana state resident who loses the right to possess firearms under state law will be reported to the State Supreme Court, in turn, will send this information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by all federally licensed firearms retailers when transferring a firearm to an individual.

“Louisiana legislators clearly understood that the background check system is only as good as the records in the database,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “That is why the firearms industry supports improving the current NICS system by increasing the number of prohibiting records states submit to the NICS system, helping to prevent illegal transfers of firearms to those who are prohibited from owning firearms under current law. Including these missing records will help ensure more accurate and complete background checks. We applaud the members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature for their unanimous passage of this important legislation, which truly will help make the state safer.”

Read more at NSSF.org.

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