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NCJ Number: 200116 Find in a Library
Title: Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2002
Series: BJS Bulletins
Author(s): Michael Bowling Ph.D.; Gene Lauver; Matthew J. Hickman; Devon B. Adams
Corporate Author: Regional Justice Information Service
United States of America
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Regional Justice Information Service
St. Louis, MO 63108
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 (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes checks for firearm transfers conducted in 2002.
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 application 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. Highlights include the following: (1) State and local agencies conducted background checks on about half of the applications for firearms transfers or permits in 2002 while the FBI was responsible for the remainder; (2) in 2002, 136,000 (1.7 percent) of approximately 7,806,000 applications for firearm transfers or permits were rejected by the FBI or State and local agencies; and (3) in 2002, the majority of rejections for State and local agencies (52 percent) were due to applicants’ felony convictions or indictments; about 14 percent were rejected for a domestic violence misdemeanor conviction or restraining order. Tables and appendices
Main Term(s): Weapons
Index Term(s): Background investigations; Computerized criminal histories; Conviction records; Criminal histories; Firearms; Gun Control; Handguns; Illicit firearms; Statistics
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