Public Affairs Memo

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To: Attorney General Eric Holder
CC: Department of Justice; U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
From: Kieran Wheeler
Date: 2/28/2012
Re: S. 436 Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011: Policy Memo I. Abstract/ Executive Summary
The Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 is a bill that was proposed to the United States Senate by New York Senator Charles Schumer. The bill is meant to better ensure that individuals who are meant to be prohibited from purchasing firearms within the United States are unable to do so, by making sure that they are placed in a national background check database. This bill is meant to put an end to many of the gun-related incidents that have resulted in deaths in the United States as a result of individuals being able to purchase weapons although they would have otherwise been prohibited. Hopefully by financially penalizing those states that do not provide an adequate amount of information regarding those individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms, these states will start to abide by the bill. As a result, this bill should make the United States a safer place for all of its citizens. II. Introduction
There is no doubt that firearms pose a major threat to the safety of criminal justice agencies and United States citizens alike. This holds especially true when these firearms fall into the hands of criminals or those who are simply unlicensed and unfit to be in possession of them. According to the United States Attorney’s Office, those who are considered unfit to possess firearms include drug abusers, people with mental health issues, felons, aliens, fugitives, prior domestic assault convicts, those subject to a domestic restraining order, and those who have been dishonorably discharged from the military ( According to…...

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