?Some 2.1 million applications for firearms transfers or permits under the federal Brady law that went into effect in 1994 have been denied, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported today. That is 1.8 percent of the 118 million applications. Among state agencies that do many of the checks, the denial rates ranged from under 1 percent to more than 4 percent. The state with the highest denial rate was Tennessee, 4.3 percent
Of checks done by the FBI, a felony conviction or indictment was the most common reason for the denial, accounting for 47 percent. That was alsot he most frequent reason cited by 21 state agencies that reported reasons for denial–31 percent. In 2010, nearly 37,000 denials were appealed, and 34 percent of the time, the denial was reversed. Records on people ineligible to possess a firearm due to a mental health commitment or adjudication increased 25 percent in 2010, but many such records are missing from the 1.1 million+ records in the system at the end of 2010.