Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks

December 5, 2017

636458564407784776-AP-CHURCH-SHOOTING-GUN-DEBATE-95160461WASHINGTON— Federal authorities sought to take back guns from thousands of people the background check system should have blocked from buying weapons because they had criminal records, mental health issues or other problems that would disqualify them.

A USA TODAY review found that the FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve guns from prohibited buyers.

It’s the largest number of such retrieval requests in 10 years, according to FBI records– an especially striking statistic after revelations that a breakdown in the background check system allowed a troubled Air Force veteran to buy a rifle later used to kill 26 worshipers at a Texas church last month.

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) vets millions of gun purchase transactions every year. But the thousands of gun seizure requests highlight persistent problems in a system where analysts must complete background checks within three days of the proposed purchase. If the background check is not complete within the 72-hour time limit, federal law allows the sale to go forward. ATF agents are asked to take back the guns if the FBI later finds these sales should have been denied.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • bobnstuff says:

    It’s not illegal to try and buy a gun if you know you aren’t allowed one. The system gets it right almost all the time but if you try you might get lucky and sneak through. If you do get blocked you aren’t out of luck, you can still get it from a private owner. Is it fair that the ATF can come and take your gun that you worded so hard to get? We need more felons and mentally ill people armed in our country. After all more guns make use safer.

    1. chw2000 says:

      You really are a dumb ass hole. Now you’re “trying” to be sarcastic. What a total looser you are. Dodged the draft, and think you’re a military expert, as well as a firearms expert. You’re so stupid, you wouldn’t know which end of the weapon the bullet comes out. Go phuk yourself ass hole!

    2. smitch says:

      Douche’ Bag!

    3. Navy Bob says:

      “It’s not illegal to try and buy a gun if you know you aren’t allowed one” In what world? You would have to lie to try. Obviously, you are not a gun owner or ever tried to buy one else you would know that you sign forms that say, under penalty of perjury, that the information given is true. If you lie or mislead (liberal for lying) you are guilty of perjury. Now, since you revere the Clintons, you may not think that perjury is a crime, but it is to we mere mortals. We do not need “more felons and mentally ill people armed in our country” but we also do not need more mentally ill folks writing on these message board, spouting unmitigated bovine dropping. So watch your door for the “Thought Police”; We’re sending them now and they are no longer under Democrat control.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        It’s not a crime to fail a background check to by a gun unless you lie but even then it’s very rare that anything is done or that it’s even reported to the local police. Because the system is so unreliable the first thing that is blamed for a failure is the system. Yes I own guns but I have never had a background check to buy one. Everything I have were bought from private owners or inherited. I know people with twenty and thirty guns that have never bought from a dealer or had a background check. As far as the mentally ill owning guns I know a few but don’t try to take their guns or they will shot you.

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