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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 165704     Find in a Library
Title: Presale Handgun Checks, 1996
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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: 09/1997
Page Count: 6
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  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): Gun Control ; Handguns ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Gun control legislation
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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