Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weaknesses in the background check system allow hundreds of gun sales a year to criminals

When an individual goes to a licensed gun dealer to purchase a gun, the dealer runs a NICS background check through the FBI system. In the overwhelming majority of cases the answer comes back within a few minutes, either "approved" or "denied." In some cases, there is a delay in obtaining the necessary information. Under federal law, if there is still no definitive answer after three business days, the sale is allowed to go through.
What happens when the research is finally complete and the buyer is prohibited from buying a gun?
From 1999 to 2011, an average of 3,600 guns were sold to people who did not pass their background check. Law enforcement who set out to retrieve these guns were only able to retrieve 1,181 guns. In hundreds of other cases, the buyers were long gone.
Read The Denver Post article on this, Background checks allow hundreds of gun sales a year to criminals.

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