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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2006 - Statistical Tables

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Table 4. Reasons for denial of firearm transfer applications by checking agencies, 1999-2006
  2006     1999-2006
 
   
Reason for denial
FBI   State   Local       FBI   State   Local  
    Total
100
%
100
%
100
%  
100
%
100
%
100
Felony indictment/conviction   
36.1
 
44.7
 
26.2
   
48.0
 
56.7
 
27.3
 
Other criminal historya
28.5
 
--
 
--
   
19.4
 
--
 
--
 
State law prohibition
--
 
6.1
 
1.3
   
--
 
6.9
 
14.2
 
Domestic violence
 
 
   
 
 
 
  Misdemeanor conviction
9.8
 
10.8
 
14.1
   
12.4
 
10.4
 
11.1
 
  Restraining order
4.3
 
3.7
 
1.3
   
4.5
 
3.4
 
1.8
 
Fugitive
6.1
 
9.3
 
10.0
   
4.1
 
6.7
 
1.2
 
Illegal alien
1.6
 
0.4
 
0.6
   
1.3
 
0.5
 
0.5
 
Mental illness or disability
0.6
 
5.7
 
3.5
   
0.4
 
1.8
 
4.1
 
Drug addiction
8.7
 
1.0
 
9.1
   
6.9
 
0.8
 
7.6
 
Local law prohibition
--
 
0
 
2.7
   
--
 
0
 
5.8
 
Other prohibitionsb
4.3
 
18.4
 
31.3
   
3.0
 
12.7
 
26.3
 
Note: Reasons for denials are based on 18 U.S.C. 922 and state laws.
--Not available or Not applicable.
aIncludes state prohibitions, multiple DUI's, non-NCIC warrants, and other unspecified criminal history disqualifiers.
bIncludes juveniles, persons dishonorably discharged from the Armed Services, persons who have renounced their U.S. citizenship, and other unspecified persons.

See also Methodology.
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