Reasons for firearm purchase denial following an NICS background check 2019

This statistic shows the total number of federal denials following a background check done by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the United States from 1998 to 2019. 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. As of April 2019, a total of 187,797 background checks have led to a Federal denial because the buyer was a fugitive from justice.

Federal denials resulting from background checks done by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the United States from 1998 to 2019

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Source

Release date

April 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

November 30, 1998 to April 30, 2019

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.

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