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Number of background checks done by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) per 100,000 residents in the United States in 2017, by state

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NICS background check rate per 100,000 residents 2017, by state This statistic shows the total number of background checks done by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) per 100,000 residents in the United States in 2017, by state. The NICS background checks are used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives. In 2017, a total of 6,083 background checks per 100,000 residents have been registered by the FBI in California.
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This statistic shows the total number of background checks done by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) per 100,000 residents in the United States in 2017, by state. The NICS background checks are used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives. In 2017, a total of 6,083 background checks per 100,000 residents have been registered by the FBI in California.
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Release date
January 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Supplementary notes
NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives. Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to make a purchase.
This number does not represent the number of firearms sold in the U.S. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.
Population data based on the Census 2017 Population Estimates

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