Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally has joined a bipartisan effort within the U.S. Senate that asks for extra funding for the Division of Justice employees to conduct legal background checks within the subsequent COVID-19 aid package deal.
The $25 million in further funding is in response to elevated firearm gross sales that started earlier than the coronavirus pandemic in March and have continued. The FBI processed a report three.7 million background checks over a five-week interval this yr.
The funding requested for within the letter could be used to rent extra employees for Nationwide Immediate Prison Background Checks (NICS) for firearm gross sales.
McSally together with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Democrats Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut mentioned further NICS examiners are vital in making certain correct completion of background checks and making certain second modification rights.