More than 180 million applications for firearm transfers or permits have been subject to federal background checks since the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act became effective in 1994, says a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Through 2014, about 2.8 million applications were denied, 1.6 percent of the total. In 2014, there were nearly 15 million background checks, and only . . .
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