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NCJ Number: 165704 Find in a Library
Title: Presale Handgun Checks, 1996
Series: BJS Bulletins
Author(s): D. A. Manson; D. K. Gilliard
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 1997
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data on presale handgun checks for 1996 address the number of inquiries and rejections, the rejection rate, and reasons for rejection.
Abstract: The estimates were derived from the 1996 estimates from a sample of law enforcement agencies charged with determining eligibility to purchase a handgun. The data were stratified by size of the population served. During 1996 approximately 70,000 out of an estimated 2,593,000 applications for the purchase of a handgun were rejected due to presale background checks of the potential purchasers. From the inception of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act until the end of 1996, an estimated 7,782,000 applications for handgun purchases resulted in 173,000 rejections through background checks. The estimates of applications and rejections for handgun purchases includes States operating under the Brady Act (Brady States) and States with comparable statutes that prevent handgun sales to prohibited persons (Brady-alternative States). Overall, 2.7 percent of all handgun purchasers had their applications for purchase rejected during 1996. Approximately 68 percent of the rejections were for a prior felony conviction or a current felony indictment. This report presents only estimates of attempted handgun purchases and does not include rifles or other long guns. 3 tables
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Gun Control; Gun control legislation; Handguns
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