For people who point out that this is already law, Flake's answer is that the law needs to be better defined. Since NICS began modern record-keeping in 2007, he said, there has only been one instance of the Pentagon reporting a domestic violence charge like that to the database.
"We have seen from the data that clearly the intent of the original Lautenberg Amendment is not being implemented effectively, and I think this legislation creates an effective procedure, and clear lines of authority and oversight, to fix that problem, including an audit by the IG (inspector general) and the GAO (Government Accountability Office) that will certify that this is actually getting done now," Heinrich said.
Heinrich and Flake aren't the only members of the Senate working on legislation to sure up reporting requirements in the wake of the Texas shooting. Sen.to make sure all departments and agencies upload required conviction records in NICS.
CBS News' John Nolen contributed to this report.