Several youth groups, including those formed by students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have started to rally in different locations across the country in an effort to stress the importance of gun control. A group called Teens for Gun Reform, which was organized by students through Facebook staged [more]
The FBI has recently released the official FBI NICS Background Check data for January 2018 and it looks like the country's gun sales are continuing its steady decline. According to the recently published data, estimated firearms sales last month fell by 8 percent. Dealers across the country managed to process [more]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly sent a request for agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve more than 4,000 firearms that were purchased last year. The guns to be confiscated are from owners who should have been prohibited from acquiring them in the [more]
The United States Air Force has announced that it has already launched an investigation to find out why the criminal records for Devin Patrick Kelly, the shooter who killed 26 church-goers in Sutherland Springs, weren't forwarded to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to application forms acquired [more]
Sutherland Springs, Texas - A lone gunman opened fire inside a church during service in a small town in Texas killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 others. The gunman was later identified as 26-year old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the US Air Force. Kelley had [more]
Gun-related shooting incidents have historically caused sudden spikes in firearm sales. The latest incident in Las Vegas, which has been described to be one of the deadliest in the country's history, seems to follow the morbid trend as citizens flock to gun stores to stockpile firearms in case of a [more]
Thanks to his desire to impress a young actress, in March of 1981, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate then President Ronald Reagan using a legally licensed gun he had been able to easily purchase, despite the fact that he had been institutionalized for mental problems several times in the past and had previous firearms related arrests.
Fortunately he did not succeed, but James Brady, Reagan's White House Press Secretary was seriously wounded and remains disabled to this day. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Brady Gun Background Check Act was enacted in the former press secretary turned gun control advocates name in 1994, and its major provision is that anyone wishing to purchase a firearm must undergo a gun background check before being allowed to do so. Gun background checks must be performed by anyone selling a firearm in any state in the Union.
A gun background check can be performed most easily by accessing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is run by the Federal Government. The system is available to licensed gun dealers and pawnbrokers seven days a week, and on every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
The Brady Bill also clearly established what persons are not to be allowed to purchase a firearm. These are
The law requires that a gun background check should use the NICS system to be conducted upon those wishing to purchase both a long rifle and/or hand gun. Once someone has been disallowed from purchasing a firearm based upon the results of a gun background check this information is added to the NICS database so that in the future a gun dealer can see straight away that the person attempting to buy a firearm is not legally entitled to do so.
The penalties for those people who do sell restricted firearms to disqualified individuals have become very harsh since the enactment of the Brady Bill so to expect a reputable dealer to bypass the required gun background check to make a quick sale is unreasonable and unrealistic. The legal penalties are equally harsh for qualified individuals who purchase a firearm that they then provide to an unqualified person, whether money exchanges hands or not.
The need for gun background checks does not extend to all firearms purchases though. Certain private transactions are exempt and a gun classified as a "curio or relic" is also exempt. To be classified as a "curio" the piece must be over fifty years old.
STATES IN WHICH THE FBI CONDUCTS NICS CHECKS FOR ALL FIREARMS TRANSACTIONS
|American Samoa||Maine||Puerto Rico|
|District of Columbia||Missouri||Texas|
|Guam||New Mexico||Virgin Islands|
|Idaho||New York||West Virginia|
|Kansas||Northern Mariana Island|
STATES THAT ACT AS THE POINT OF CONTACT (POC) FOR ALL FIREARMS TRANSACTIONS
STATES THAT ACT AS A PARTIAL POINT OF CONTACT (POC) FOR NICS CHECKS
The most up-to-date information regarding Point of Contact States can be found on the ATF website at: