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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2005

NCJ Number
214256
Date Published
November 2006
Length
12 pages
Author(s)
Michael Bowling Ph.D.; Matthew J. Hickman Ph.D.; Devon B. Adams; Gene Lauver
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
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

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