Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Act Signed into Law

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, ahead of the March for Our Lives events taking places across the nation, Congresswoman Stefanik issued the following statement after President Trump signed into law the FY’18 Omnibus that included the Fix NICS Act and the STOP School Violence Act:

“This is an important step forward as we work to end incidents of gun violence in our schools, and I thank President Trump for signing these two initiatives I cosponsored into law,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “These bills will strengthen our background check system and provide resources for school security. In fact, this appropriations bill provides more than $2.3 billion in new funding to effective mental health, training, and school safety programs. I am a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress on bipartisan solutions to help end tragic incidents of gun violence.”

H.R. 4909, STOP School Violence Act, is legislation that would invest in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens by authorizing the Department of Justice to make grants to states for purposes of training students, school personnel, and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from harming themselves or others; and the FIX NICS Act reauthorizes the NICS Improvement Act, increasing records submission assistance for states, and requiring federal agencies to submit annual reports and certification of compliance.

Congresswoman Stefanik is also a cosponsor of legislation to ban “bump stocks” and helped pass legislation that was signed into law to reform our federal mental health system.