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NCJ Number: 238226 Find in a Library
Title: Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2010 - Statistical Tables
Author(s): Ronald J. J. Frandsen; Dave Naglich; Gene A. Lauver; Allina D. Lee
Corporate Author: Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS)
United States of America
Date Published: February 2013
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS)
St. Louis, MO 63108
Grant Number: 2011-BJ-CX-K017
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study described background checks for firearm transfers conducted in 2010.
Abstract: Results show that since the inception of the Brady Act, over 118 million applications for firearm transfers or permits were subject to background checks. About 2.1 million applications, or 1.8 percent, were denied; 1.5 percent of the 10.4 million applications for firearm transfers or permits were denied by the FBI (approximately 73,000) or by State and local agencies (approximately 80,000); among the 21 State agencies that reported reasons for denial, a felony conviction or indictment was the most common reason to deny an application in 2010 (31 percent); and a State law prohibition (16 percent) was the second most common reason (excluding other prohibitions). Included are estimates of applications and denials conducted by each type of approval system from 1999 to 2010. Also provided are data on reasons for denial, appeals of denied applications, arrests for falsified applications and outstanding warrants, and counts of records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Index of persons prohibited under federal law from receiving or possessing a firearm. Data for this study were collected from surveys of State and local agencies who collected information on firearm background check activity and combined this information with FBI NICS transaction data.
Main Term(s): Background investigations; Firearms
Index Term(s): BJS Grant-related Documents; Citizen gun ownership; Gun Control; Gun control legislation; Handguns; License check; Statistics
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