Because a NICS check is now required to obtain a firearms license, see O.C.G.A. 16-11-129(d)(2). And those ineligible under federal law cannot get a license (129(b) something).One of the major criticisms of H.R. 297 is that, if it became law, the records of individuals who were never convicted of an offense preventing them from obtaining a firearm but had been arrested for such an offense would be included in NICS. This would make them legally unable to purchase a firearm, even if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.