S. Hrg. 106-1021: Improving the National Instant Criminal Background Check System: Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, June 21, 2000 [open pdf - 909KB]
From the opening statement of Orrin G. Hatch: "Today, the Judiciary Committee will examine the operation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS, which has been in use for approximately 1 1/2 years. The question over how best to prevent criminals from purchasing firearms has stirred a great deal of debate during the past 15 years. The consensus seems to have developed in support of a fully operational NICS system, which I and other Republicans crafted, especially Senator Dole here, and fought hard to enact. The first Senate vote on the NICS proposal was an amendment Senator Stevens and I wrote. Ironically, it was opposed by gun control advocates. Our focus today is the implementation of NICS, a system based on an idea that the overwhelming majority of law-abiding Americans believe in, an instant point-of-sale background check that prevents criminals and other prohibited persons from obtaining firearms. The NICS system has not yet lived up to its promise. Instead of an instant check, we have a system that too often causes needless delay to law-abiding citizens who are simply exercising their constitutional rights." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Orrin G. Hatch, Patrick J. Leahy, Charles E. Schumer, Jeff Sessions, Bill McCollum, Thomas Craig, Bob Barr, and Rick Santorum.
S. Hrg. 106-1021; Senate Hearing 106-1021; Serial No. J-106-90