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Tue Jun 22, 2021, 11:29 AM

Background checks blocked a record high 300,000 gun sales

Source: Associated Press

Background checks blocked a record high 300,000 gun sales

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST
June 22, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ó The number of people stopped from buying guns through the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety.

The FBI numbers provided to The Associated Press show the background checks blocked nearly twice as many gun sales in 2020 as in the year before. About 42% of those denials were because the would-be buyers had felony convictions on their records.

The increase in blocked gun sales largely tracks with the record-setting surge in sales that took hold along with the coronavirus pandemic and has continued into this year, through historic demonstrations against police brutality, deep political divisions and an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

It comes as Congress has failed to pass major legislation on guns despite the Democratic majority and President Joe Bidenís push. A bill that would strengthen background checks is stalled in the Senate. The House in March passed the legislation requiring the checks on all sales and transfers, as well as an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases. Most states require background checks only for sales at federally licensed dealers. But the legislation faces an uphill battle getting any Republican support in the Senate.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/gun-background-checks-blocked-record-high-sales-e0c3105b6632740b8f15858cd930441a

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Eugene Jun 22 OP
mountain grammy Jun 22 #1
bahboo Jun 22 #8
Guilded Lilly Jun 22 #2
Blues Heron Jun 22 #3
Aristus Jun 22 #4
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Justsumguy Jun 22 #6
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 11:35 AM

1. This is terrifying because it is probably

just a fraction of gun sales. American is armed and dangerous

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 12:42 PM

8. absolutely....

glad I live in California....parts of the US (Texas), just becoming scary....

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 11:39 AM

2. Certainly a wake up call!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 11:41 AM

3. lets just crank that up tougher and tougher until 90 percent are blocked

now that we have the mechanism

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 11:42 AM

4. My idea of a background check:

"You want a gun?"

"Yes."

"What the fuck is the matter with you? Get out!"

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 11:50 AM

5. Take it from Homer


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 12:25 PM

6. According to the article

 

42% were denied because the applicant had a felony conviction. Goes on to say that in the past, .01% of this type of denial is prosecuted. Seems a tad low for a convicted felon committing yet another felony (lying on the form).

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Response to Justsumguy (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 12:39 PM

7. Need to prosecute to the fullest!



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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 04:01 PM

9. How many of those were purchases by those...

...that already have a lot of guns, as opposed to new buyers? A gunner buying his or her 50th gun doesnít count in my eyes. However, a bunch of people buying guns for the first time is a problem the hospitals will be forced to deal with.

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