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  NCJ Number: NCJ 214256     Find in a Library
  Title: Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2005
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Michael Bowling Ph.D. ; Matthew J. Hickman Ph.D. ; Devon B. Adams ; Gene Lauver
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Regional Justice Information Service
United States of America
  Date Published: 11/2006
  Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report describes background checks for firearm transfers conducted in 2005.
  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 is an ongoing data collection effort focusing on the procedures and statistics related to background checks in selected States. Highlights include the following: (1) among State and local checking agencies in 2005, 46 percent of all rejections for firearm transfers (about 30,000 applications) were due to a felony conviction or indictment; (2) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives’ (ATF) field offices investigated 9,575 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) denials that were referred by the FBI in 2005; and (3) in 2005, agencies reported 1,400 arrests of persons denied a firearm or a permit. Tables
  Main Term(s): Firearms
  Index Term(s): Background investigations ; Weapons identification ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Weapon carrying
  Sale Source: American Bar Assoc
Section of General Practice
750 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States of America
  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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