Sending Office: Honorable Mike Quigley
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Join Reps. Quigley, Fitzpatrick, Diaz-Balart, and Swalwell in

Cosponsoring the Bipartisan NICS Denial Notification Act

Originals: Mike Quigley, Brian FitzpatrickMario Diaz-Balart, Eric Swalwell, Peter KingAnthony Gonzalez, Kathleen Rice, Max Rose, Fred Upton, Tom Suozzi, Eliot Engel,
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Conor Lamb, Madeleine Dean, Steve Stivers

Cosponsors: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John KatkoDon Bacon, Julia Brownley, John Rutherford, Chris Smith (NJ), Francis Rooney, Jenniffer González Colón, John Carter

Endorsed by: Fraternal Order of Police; Major Cities Chiefs Police Association; Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association; National District Attorneys Association; Firearms Owners Against Crime; National Domestic
Violence Hotline; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Everytown for Gun Safety; Giffords

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in cosponsoring the NICS Denial Notification Act, a bill to help state law enforcement better enforce existing gun laws and respond to warning
signs of criminal behavior by establishing an alert system to notify state law enforcement when individuals legally prohibited from purchasing a firearm attempt to do so. 

Currently, federal officials are notified when individuals who are legally prohibited from purchasing a firearm (such as convicted felons, fugitives, and domestic abusers) try to buy a gun but fail a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
background check. These attempted purchases often violate federal and state laws. 

Under federal law, it is felony punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment for a person who is prohibited from purchasing firearms to lie about their prohibited status on a background check form in an attempt to buy a gun. Yet, the federal government
rarely prosecutes any of these individuals, who may be dangerous and willing to obtain guns through other means: 

  • 2010: Only 44 of 72,659 NICS denials were prosecuted, or 0.06%
  • 2009: Only 77 of 67,324 NICS denials were prosecuted, or 0.11%
  • 2008: Only 105 of 70,725 NICS denials were prosecuted, or 0.15%

To address this problem, the NICS Denial Notification Act:

  • Requires federal authorities to alert state law enforcement of background checks denials, so that state authorities can decide whether to investigate, prosecute, and/or keep an eye on these denied individuals for signs of future criminal activity, and
  • Requires DOJ to publish an annual report with statistics about its prosecution of background check denial cases, so Congress and voters can hold federal officials accountable.

If you are interested in cosponsoring or have questions about this important legislation, please contact Hannah Mansbach ( in Rep. Quigley’s office.


Mike Quigley

Member of Congress    

Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress  

Mario Diaz-Balart

Member of Congress

Eric Swalwell

Member of Congress

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