HB 921, which was held over by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, is designed to get rid of Pennsylvania’s background check system and force the state to use only NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, to determine a prospective gun owner’s eligibility.
But while Pennsylvania’s system is similar to NICS, it has access to protection from abuse orders and juvenile records. NICS incorporates neither in its checks, according to Maria Finn, press secretary for the state police.
Supporters of the bill cite the potential to save money through PICS’s elimination, but Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA’s executive director, isn’t convinced by that argument. Getting rid of PICS, she said, would endanger the lives of Pennsylvania’s citizens.
“Clearly, we’re in an economy where the state wants to save money,” she said. “But I don’t think we save money [by eliminating] something that’s working well to keep people safe.”