Mike Quigley

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Mike Quigley

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Cosponsor bill to direct the FBI to report data related to the increasing number of default proceeds during the COVID-19 pandemic

Endorsed by: Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Violence Policy Center

Cosponsors: Reps. Cicilline, Neguse, Beyer, Hayes, Holmes Norton, Schakowsky, Engel, Lee (CA), Moore, Raskin, Nadler, Schneider, Lynch


Dear Colleague,

Please join me in cosponsoring a bill to direct the FBI to report the number of “default proceeds” during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The reporting of this information will enable Congress and the public to better understand how many prohibited
individuals may be gaining access to firearms during the current pandemic.

Federally licensed gun sellers are required to contact the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to conduct a background check to determine if an individual is legally allowed to purchase a gun. These background checks often require additional
time for review and, in these situations, NICS has 3 days to complete the check. If the background check is not finished within that time, the gun purchase can be completed without a background check. This scenario is known as a “default proceed.” The COVID-19
pandemic has increased public demand to purchase a firearm, straining NICS resources, which has led to an increase in default proceeds, which potentially enables guns to more easily fall into the wrong hands.

This bill directs the FBI in consultation with ATF to provide the following data points to Congress during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Total number of background checks initiated,
  • The total number of background checks completed,
  • The total number of background checks resulting in approval,
  • The total number of background checks that were delayed, and
  • The number of background checks resulting in denial before the 3 business day review period is completed and delayed denials.

According to the FBI’s new
 released on April 1st, 2020, the number of background checks conducted was 41% higher in March 2020 compared to March 2019. Furthermore, the FBI found that of the top ten days with the highest number of background checks since the inception of the
NICS system in 1999, five of these record-breaking days occurred last month.

For more information or if you would like to cosponsor this bill, please contact Hannah Mansbach in my office at





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