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FBI speeds gun purchase background checks
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Posted on 06/05/2003 10:15:12 AM PDT by chance33_98

FBI speeds gun purchase background checks

WASHINGTON — The FBI has improved its ability to respond quickly to gun dealer requests for criminal background checks, with only 9 percent of the transactions now facing delays, the Justice Department reported recently.

Improvements in technology have reduced the number of false matches in the National Crime Information Center system, raising the immediate response rate from a 71 percent average in early 2001 to 91 percent in 2002.

The improvement means that most gun dealers now can get information over the phone about whether a firearms purchaser is a convicted felon or other person prohibited from buying one. In the past, many dealers had to wait for an FBI agent to review records and make a final determination.

In a statement, Attorney General John Ashcroft said the improvements "are helping make our country safer by barring access to firearms by felons, illegal aliens and others who cannot legally own guns."

To reduce the remaining 9 percent of cases in which there are delays, the Justice Department is attempting to improve the completeness of criminal history records at both the state and federal levels. The department will distribute $48 million to help states improve records in 2003.

The report provides updated figures about the operations of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which was established in November 1998 and is an outgrowth of the 10-year-old Brady Act gun control law.

The system processed 8.9 million background checks in 2001, with 125,000 denials of permission to purchase a gun. In 2002, the numbers were 8.4 million checks and 121,000 denials.

Since its inception through the end of 2002, more than 36 million background checks have been done with 563,000 denials.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: backgroundchecks; bang; banglist; fbi

1 posted on 06/05/2003 10:15:12 AM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
The government is so good to us!
2 posted on 06/05/2003 10:16:57 AM PDT by Grut
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To: *bang_list

3 posted on 06/05/2003 10:17:31 AM PDT by Joe Brower (""Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise." -- Sir Francis Bacon)
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To: chance33_98; *bang_list; Joe Brower; 45Auto; Travis McGee; Squantos; Noumenon; Eaker
The system processed 8.9 million background checks in 2001, with 125,000 denials of permission to purchase a gun. In 2002, the numbers were 8.4 million checks and 121,000 denials.

Since its inception through the end of 2002, more than 36 million background checks have been done with 563,000 denials.

Though I'm less than pleased that the Nanny State has to give us permission to buy firearms, this report has some value: For example, it demonstrates that in 4 years and 2 months (11/98-12/02), 35.5 million guns were been sold by dealers - I'll bet that a certain tyranny-minded faction in DC and various state capitols is crapping in its drawers at this knowledge!

It is also instructive that only 1.56% of all applicants were denied - and I'll bet that the majority of those weren't criminals, just people with erroneous records or who shared a name with a real criminal.

4 posted on 06/05/2003 10:39:22 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: chance33_98
Just started a 10 day wait period yesterday. Get my new toy on father's day
5 posted on 06/05/2003 10:40:41 AM PDT by paul51
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To: Ancesthntr; Eaker; TexasCowboy; TEXASPROUD
35.5 million guns sold........Yeah but I think Eaker, Texas Cowboy , Texasproud and I bought all but 4 of those 35.5 million.........:o).......< / SARCASM >

Thanks for the ping !......Stay Safe !

6 posted on 06/05/2003 11:00:30 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Shooter 2.5; Travis McGee; Jeff Head; AAABEST; Joe Brower; ConservativeLawyer; Double Tap; ...
Gun of the month club BTTT !
7 posted on 06/05/2003 11:03:32 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: paul51
I hope your 51 kids all chip in and buy you some ammo!!!

;<)


Eaker

8 posted on 06/05/2003 11:13:07 AM PDT by Eaker (Adiós reality; I want to be a Jack-Ass millionaire!!............;<)
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To: Eaker
Hey, I told you, I don't have 51 kids although givin the price of sig .357 cartridges, I may need the help! PS. Don't have 51 guns either
9 posted on 06/05/2003 11:24:41 AM PDT by paul51
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To: Squantos
I'm through buying but I love to hear what others are getting. I used to be a member of the thousand rounds a month club. That couldn't last as long as I wanted.
10 posted on 06/05/2003 11:37:43 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
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To: Squantos
Gun of the month club BTTT !

If I lived in my truck, but the missus would shoot me first.

11 posted on 06/05/2003 11:38:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (A bad day FReepin' beats a good day workin'.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Awwwwww come on Slim and 2.5 I said of the month not per month...........:o)

Albeit I'm on a 12 step program....... 12 toys a year. With my Girl Fridays permission of course !!

Stay Safe !

12 posted on 06/05/2003 11:45:15 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Squantos
I can usually get away with the new toy showing up if I bring one for Mrs. Slim as well.
13 posted on 06/05/2003 11:46:57 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (A bad day FReepin' beats a good day workin'.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
That's the way I do it too.........:o) I have tried to be a little better. Now I only buy what I "need"........

Quit laughing now !

Stay Safe !

14 posted on 06/05/2003 11:50:41 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Squantos
I keep saying I'm through buying but I really need to upgrade.

I have a couple that I have absolutely no use for. They aren't interesting, they aren't good shooters and I think for a couple of bucks, I can get something I really like.

The first one to go should be this snub Ruger Security Six that I would love to trade for a stainless tiny snub, again, in .357.

Maybe I should just keep it and use it for a car hideout.
15 posted on 06/05/2003 12:01:47 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
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To: Eaker; Shooter 2.5; Squantos; Tijeras_Slim
Ammo Heads UP

I stopped at WallyWorld this morning to pick up a couple of 9mm white boxes and noticed that all their Federal Hydroshock was marked WAY DOWN. Nearly 50% off. They were out of .40 and 9mm but still had a few .45, 38sp and lots of .380.

I don't know if this was a single store markdown or all of the stores.
16 posted on 06/05/2003 12:22:22 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Squantos
"Albeit I'm on a 12 step program....... 12 toys a year."

I tried that. She takes 6 of those toys for herself!

"One for you...one for me..."

I've never seen a woman go through as much ammo as the wif'. Her FR name is nugnut.
17 posted on 06/05/2003 12:31:22 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: TC Rider
Why the price drop? Do you know?
18 posted on 06/05/2003 12:31:44 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: chance33_98
I was arrested last year on a felony charge (long story, I was in the right but had a GUN! Horrors! Guess who got arrested.) No charges filed by the DA. I was seriously afraid that the arrest would show up on the insta-check, but it didn't, to my surprise. Who knows, though, it might later sometime.
19 posted on 06/05/2003 12:34:23 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"I can usually get away with the new toy showing up if I bring one for Mrs. Slim as well."

I hear ya, buddy. She makes me proud!
20 posted on 06/05/2003 12:35:13 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: PatrioticAmerican
Why the price drop? Do you know?

No-nothing clerk didn't have a clue, she did say they were on 'clearance', clearly marked $6-8 off per box of 20. Not sure if it was clearing old stock (doubtful), changing manufacturers of personal defense ammo (maybe), or a decision to not carry PD ammo. Also, not sure if it was a local store thing or system wide.

FWIW, I was in the Walmart on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, NC.

Would be interested in hearing if other Walmarts are doing the same.

21 posted on 06/05/2003 12:42:12 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider
If you want the best in ammo and a SERIOUSLY cheap price, handload. I don't know if you do, but I load 40 S&W (No, Travis, that's not Short & Whimpy), a 155gr Gold Dot at 1250+fps for $6.75 per 50, or $133 per 1000. Street factory price is about $1 a round.
22 posted on 06/05/2003 12:59:50 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (If the only way an American can get elected is through Mexican votes, we have a war to be waged.)
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To: chance33_98
In a statement, Attorney General John Ashcroft said the improvements "are helping make our country safer by barring access to firearms by felons, illegal aliens and others who cannot legally own guns."

Yeah right. Do those doofusses ever really listen to what they're saying?

I'm not a felon, an illegal alien, or one of the "others". But even if I were I would bet anyone good money that I could go out now with two or three $100 bills in my pocket and come home before dinner with an unregistered, unlicensed, completely illegal gun. Maybe not a good gun, but good enough to knock over a Quick Trip. Then I would have enough $ to get a good gun for my next job.

But since I'm one of the law abiding good guys who don't buy guns illegally, I have to jump through all the hoops standing on one foot, while the bad guy is upgrading his arsenal out in the alley.

It aint rocket science folks, even in the UK the baddies have more and better guns now than before they were banned. Why don't they just cut out all the show and tell crap and just pass a law saying that committing a felony with a gun will get you that nasty needle in the arm and let it go at that?

That's a rhetorical question, I already know why and it has nothing to do with crime.

23 posted on 06/05/2003 1:40:04 PM PDT by epow
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To: TC Rider
Would be interested in hearing if other Walmarts are doing the same.

I may be in the W-M superstore over at Murphy NC tomorrow or Sat. If I make it there I'll check it out and let you know.

I seldom buy ammo myself, except .22RF of course. I make most of what I shoot at paper, but I do keep a few H-Ss and Sabres around for any special occasions which might come up. But if I can reach the pump gun in time I think buckshot would work better for those Hallmark occasions when you want to send the very best.

24 posted on 06/05/2003 1:50:48 PM PDT by epow
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To: PatrioticAmerican
If you want the best in ammo and a SERIOUSLY cheap price, handload.

Wish I could. At this time I lack the space and time.

25 posted on 06/05/2003 2:06:21 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: chance33_98
In March I bought a Glock 23 and 200 rounds with it. Once we agreed on the price, and I filled out the paper work, it took about 5 minutes to get the FBI OK, and a few minutes later I was out the door with the pistol and ammo.

Thanks God Bama remains socially backward is some ways.
26 posted on 06/06/2003 8:03:01 AM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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