U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) performed over 23 million gun background checks in fiscal year 2015 and a record 3 million requests in December alone – the highest number of monthly requests since after the Sandy Hook shooting massacre in December 2012.
Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) asked Lynch what appropriations will be necessary for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to complete its goals as it relates to NICS and the growing number of applications as well as “the increased coordination that we want to see to make sure that we have all of the records uploaded on that system.”
Lynch said the DOJ estimates it would need $121 million to run NICS for fiscal year 2016 and an additional $35 million for fiscal year 2017 “on top of that base figure.”
“That would allow us to maintain the additional positions we hope to add this year. We may not be able to add all of them right away. As I indicated, there is time required to bring federal employees on board,” said Lynch. (Read more from “NICS Performed 23 Million Gun Background Checks in 2015” HERE)