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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2006 - Statistical Tables

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Table 1. Number of applications and estimates of denials for firearm transfers or permits since the inception of the Brady Act, 1994-2006

  Number of applications   Percent
  denied
 
   Received   Denied
Total   78,522,000   1,495,000   1.9 %  
Brady interim perioda            
  1994-1998 12,740,000   312,000    2.4    
Permanent Bradyb 65,782,000   1,182,000   1.8    
  1998c 893,000   20,000   2.2    
  1999 8,621,000   204,000   2.4    
  2000 7,699,000   153,000   2.0    
  2001 7,958,000   151,000   1.9    
  2002 7,806,000   136,000   1.7    
  2003 7,831,000   126,000   1.6    
  2004 8,084,000   126,000   1.6    
  2005 8,278,000   132,000   1.6    
  2006 8,612,000   135,000   1.6    
Note: Counts are rounded to the nearest 1,000.
aFrom March 1, 1994 to November 29, 1998, background checks on applicants were conducted by state and local agencies, mainly on handgun transfers. See Presale Handgun Checks, the Brady Interim Period, 1994-98 (NCJ 175034).
bThe National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) began operations. Checks on handgun and long gun transfers are conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and by state and local agencies. Totals combine Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) estimates for state and local agencies with actual transactions and denials reported by the FBI.
cNovember 30 to December 31, 1998. Counts are from the NICS Operations Report for the period and may include multiple transactions for the same application.

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