Why would the Feds be getting ready to issue 4,000 orders to seize weapons? It seems that the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was not being fed up to date information from some of the other agencies.
That came to light after it was discovered that the Las Vegas shooter was allowed to be licensed and he should not have been. A dishonorable discharge from the military is a disqualifier. This is how the Feds are going to remedy the situation. However, it comes with a danger. Read on.
As Written By Kevin Johnson for USA Today:
WASHINGTON— 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. ……
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