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  NCJ Number: NCJ 204428     Find in a Library
  Title: Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2003: Trends for the Permanent Brady Period, 1999-2003
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Michael Bowling Ph.D. ; Gene Lauver ; Matthew J. Hickman ; Devon B. Adams
  Date Published: 09/2004
  Page Count: 15
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report describes background checks for firearm transfers conducted in 2003, and presents trends during the Permanent Brady Period (1999-2003).
  Abstract: This annual report provides the number of applications checked by State points of contact, estimates of the number of applications checked by local agencies, the number of applications rejected, the reasons for rejection, and estimates of applications and rejections conducted by each type of approval system. It also provides information about appeals of rejected applications and arrests for falsified applications. The Firearm Inquiry Statistics Program, managed under the National Criminal History Improvement Program, is an ongoing data collection effort focusing on the procedures and statistics related to background checks in selected States. Report highlights include: (1) State and local agencies conducted background checks on about half of the applications for firearm transfers or permits in 2003, while the FBI was responsible for the remainder; (2) in 2003, 126,000 (1.6 percent) of approximately 7,831,000 applications for firearms transfers or permits were rejected by FBI or State and local agencies; and (3) an estimated 8,000 persons were arrested from 1999 to 2003 for an outstanding warrant or submission of false information on an application, according to ATF and checking agencies reporting arrests to FIST. Tables
  Main Term(s): Firearms
  Index Term(s): Firearms acts ; Gun Control ; Statistics ; Weapons ; Handguns ; Citizen gun ownership ; Gun control legislation
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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