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FBI So Busy with Spike in Gun Background Checks That it Halted Appeals

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been so swamped with the increase in criminal background checks for gun purchasers that it has been forced to temporarily stop processing thousands of appeals from people who have been denied a firearm, the USA Today reports. 

The news comes after the FBI conducted more background checks for guns in 2015 than any previous year.

The FBI has about 50 analysts who handle appeals, but the employees were redeployed to keep up with the spike in background checks.

As a result of the redeployment, the FBI has a backlog of 7,100 appeals.

“The last several months, we’ve kind of found ourselves in a perfect storm,’’ Morris said in an interview with USA TODAY.

The spike in gun purchases followed several high-profile shooting massacres.

President Obama Plans to Hire More FBI, ATF Staff to Expedite Background Checks for Firearms

President Obama Executive Order ImmigrationBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration wants to expedite mandatory background checks on gun buyers and needs hundreds more federal law enforcement personnel to help, Govexec.com reports. 

The plan calls for hiring more than 230 extra analysts and other support staff for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which saw a record number of gun sales.

The idea is to more quickly process background checks, which helps the FBI provide notice to local authorities about potential unlawful firearm purchases.

The White House said the new hiring “will begin immediately and increase the existing workforce by 50 percent,” according to a fact sheet on the executive actions. “This will reduce the strain on the NICS system and improve its ability to identify dangerous people who are prohibited from buying a gun before the transfer of a firearm is completed.”

The hiring will take place over the next two years.

President Obama to Announce Executive Actions to Tighten Gun Control

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama is expected to announce a long-awaited executive action on gun control this week in his final year as president, Politico reports. 

The White House said the measures would curb gun violence.

Citing people familiar with the proposals, Obama would require more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed, making them subject to background checks.

Obama also wants to tighten rules for reporting stolen or lost guns.

Obama proposed even stiffer gun regulations but Congress was unlikely to approve any new curbs on firearms.

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FBI Conducts Record Background Checks for Guns in 2015

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI conducted more background checks for guns in 2015 than any previous year, the bureau announced today. 

While background checks aren’t a precise measure of the number of guns purchased, they do represent a majority of the guns that were sold. FBI background checks are done through a federally licensed dealer, where most firearms are sold.

The gun sales follow a series of mass shootings that often motivate people to buy firearms.

The FBI conducted 23.1 million guns in 2015, more than double the amount in 2007.

December was the busiest month, with 3.3 million background checks.

Federal background checks began in November 1998.

U.S. on Pace for Record Number of Background Checks for Firearms This Year

handgun-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So many Americans are buying guns that the FBI is on track for a record number of firearm background checks this year, CNN reports. 

Since the end of November, the FBI processed 19.8 million background checks this year – the highest number ever recorded through the first 11 months of a year.

The FBI began operating the National Instant Background Check System, or NICS, 17 years ago. Since then, the bureau has processed 222.4 million background checks and denied 1.3 million of them.

The background checks are the most reliable way to determine approximately how many guns are sold in the U.S.

CNN reported that the gun industry is doing well, with major gun makers seeing surging stock prices.

FBI Processed Record Number of Gun Background Checks on Black Friday

gun rugerBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI processed a whopping 185,345 firearm background checks on Black Friday, marking the highest single-day number since the bureau began conducting background checks in 1998, the Associated Press reports. 

The previous record was on Dec. 21, 2012, about a week after a deadly shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

The background checks for gun purchases rose about 5% over the past Black Friday.

The record-number background checks come after the Planned Parenthood shootings and the terrorist attacks in Paris.

FBI Fails to Vet Arrest Records for Frequently Used Database on Crimes

handcuffsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is no longer vetting arrest records from states in an apparent violation of federal regulations that require the bureau to exclude from its database “nonserious” arrests and convictions, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The database is used by the government to conduct background checks on job applicants.

Some “nonserious” crimes are, such as curfew violations and public drunkenness, are ending up in the database.

Vetting the records for crime severity “impractical,” said Jeremy Wiltz, deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Information Services Branch.

The database includes nearly 80 million people, and the FBI last year conducted 30 million criminal background checks.

Fears of Stronger Gun Laws Apparently Fueled Record Purchases of Firearms

handgun-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gun sales surged in August following a series of high-profile shootings that spread fear of stronger firearm laws, the National Review reports. 

The 1.7 million background checks conducted by the FBI in August were more than any other August since the checks began in 1998.

Monthly highs also were recorded in June and July, with 1.5 million and 1.6 million, respectively.

Background checks are required of gun buyers at federally-licensed dealers, but they don’t represent all firearm purchases, which means the number is likely higher.

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