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FBI Says Background Checks for Guns Going Faster

Facing calls by Democratic lawmakers to close loopholes in U.S. gun laws, the Justice Department has made “fairly significant advances” on instant background checks of potential gun buyers, a top official said on Thursday. The department reported that about 36 million background checks had been processed by the FBI since the system was set up in November 1998, and 563,000 requests denied. The background check system aims to ensure that people trying to buy guns are not felons, illegal aliens or others prohibited by law from possessing firearms. In releasing the FBI’s 2001/2002 operational report for the background check system, the Justice Department said the system’s efficiency had improved markedly in the last year, with the FBI making immediate decisions 91 percent of the time. Full Story

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