Gun Checks Top 97 Million; Fewer Than 2% Denied


Through 2008, more than 97 million firearm applications have been subjected to background checks mandated under the Brady Act, according to newly released data from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. About 1.8 million applications have been denied since act took effect on March 1, 1994.

In 2008, 1.5 percent of the 9.9 million applications were denied by the FBI or state and local agencies. Nearly half of the denials were due to applicants having a felony convictions or indictment. A domestic violence misdemeanor conviction or restraining order was the second most common reason for denial. In 2008, more than one-third of the denials were reversed upon appeal by the applicant. has links to the BJS documents and data.

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