FBI gun seizure warrants from failed background checks hit all-time high: report Story-level
New data compiled by the FBI shows an all-time high in the number of gun seizures ordered as a result of failed background checks between 2020 and 2021, with the most seizure warrants issued in the history of the federal gun background check system than fire.
A total of 6,361 referrals for firearms recovery were issued to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2020 in cases where the individual’s background check was determined ineligible by reasons including, but not limited to, criminal history, disqualifying military service records, mental health history, etc.
In 2021, another 5,203 references were issued, according to the data. 2021 joined the largest two-year total since the National Instant Criminal History Check System began publishing data in 1998, according to USA Today.
The number of referrals in 2020 skyrocketed in the month of June, with a total of 1,406 issued. 2021 saw its monthly maximum in March, with a total of 931 issued references.
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People can challenge the denial and/or ask why their initial application was denied. The data shows that approximately 1.45% of NICS background checks processed in 2020 received a final transaction status of denied, and 1.26% received a final status of denied in 2021.
The FBI noted that recovery orders account for a small portion of the millions of gun checks processed in both 2020 and 2021. Data for 2022 has not yet been released.
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The new data comes as states have worked to pass a series of gun laws in recent years, with Nebraska being one of the most recent states to take action. Conservative lawmakers in the states are working to pass a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in Nebraska without a permit.
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There are currently 25 other states with laws that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, according to the Associated Press.
Associated Press contributed to this report.