REVEALED: More than 4,000 guns were sold to people who were banned from owning them in 2016 thanks to delayed FBI checks
ore than 4,000 gun sales were made in 2016 to people who were banned from owning firearms because the FBI’s so-called ‘instant’ background check took too long to complete and agents do not know how many of those weapons have been recovered.
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According to figures unearthed by USA Today on Tuesday, 4,170 background checks were denied by NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System after the three-day period they were meant to be completed in last year.
Under federal law, firearms licensees in states which rely on the FBI’s check have to wait for it to be completed before they can finalize a sale.