Feds to seize guns over failed background checks


The FBI sought more than 4,000 requests past year to retrieve guns from buyers who should've been blocked due to their criminal records or mental health issues, according to a report Monday.

The FBI sought more than 4,000 requests previous year to retrieve guns from buyers who should've been blocked by the background check system.

USA Today noted that the number of successful seizures previous year is unclear and that the number of guns that should not have been purchased may be higher because more than one firearm may be bought in one dealing.

If the checks aren't completed by that time, the gun transactions are allowed to move forward under the federal law, according to the newspaper. It was not immediately clear how numerous guns were successfully recovered.

The issue of background check failures came to the forefront after Devin Kelley, who was allowed to purchase a rifle despite a violent history, used the gun in a massacre at a Texas church in November.

FBI issued more than 4000 requests to retrieve guns from buyers who failed background checks

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system relies on state and local agencies as well as the military to accurately report criminal history and other information.

The Air Force didn't transmit the record of Kelley's domestic assault court martial to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which allowed him to pass the background check.

"These are individuals who shouldn't have weapons in any case, and it just takes one to accomplish something that could have grievous outcomes", Chipman disclosed to USA Today.

David Chipman, a former ATF official, said agents tasked with taking back guns from owners are exposed to possibly risky situations. "You don't need ATF to remain for 'afterward".

A review of 125 transactions made between 2008 and 2014 found that 116, or roughly 93 percent, of the guns that were bought were later recovered.

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