House Voting Today to Fund Background Check Reporting NRA Supported in 2007

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on better funding for the mental illness data sharing in background checks that was supported by the NRA in 2007.

On May 26 Breitbart News reported that the NRA supported the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) Improvement Act approved by Congress in 2007, signed by President George W. Bush in January 2008. 

The law put monetary incentives--approximately $200 million annually--in place to help states share mental health records so those would be available during background checks. But Congress has only appropriated a fraction of the funding up to this point--only 5 percent of the money was appropriated three years after the law went into effect.

According to The Hill, Congress will vote today to appropriate more of the money needed to help states share mental health records for the purposes of background checks. 

No word on how this could have done anything to stop Elliot Rodger, as his case was entirely within the state of California, so no interstate information sharing was necessary. 

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