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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2006 - Statistical Tables

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Table 8. ATF investigation of NICS denials by the FBI, 2006

  Total     Percent    

FBI denials referred to ATF Brady Operations
77,233
100
%
Brady Operations referred to ATF field divisionsa
 
  Total referred to fieldb
9,432
12.2
%
    Delayed denialsc
3,073
4.0
 
    Standard referralsd
6,359
8.2
 
  Not referred to field
60,736
78.7
 
  Not referred and overturned
7,065
9.1
 
 
  Reasons for referrals to ATF field divisions
 
 
 
    Domestic violence misdemeanor
2,272
24.1
%
    Subject to protective order
2,105
22.3
 
    Convicted felon
2,053
21.8
 
    Under indictment or informatione
905
9.6
 
    Unlawful user of controlled substance
792
8.4
 
    Illegal or unlawful alien
763
8.1
 
    Other reasonsf
542
5.7
 
aA denial is referred if it is likely to merit prosecution under ATF and U.S. Attorney criteria.
bIncludes 100 delayed and 334 standard denials overturned after referral to a field division when a subject was found to not be prohibited.
cA firearm may be obtained during an "open transaction" where the FBI has not completed a check in three business days and the dealer is allowed to transfer the firearm. If the FBI completes the check and finds that the buyer is prohibited, a delayed denial referral is made to ATF.
dA standard referral involves a person who is not allowed to receive a firearm because the FBI found a prohibitory record within three business days.
eAn “information” is a formal accusation of a crime, which differs from an “indictment,” because it is made by a prosecuting attorney rather than a grand jury.
fThe category "other reasons" is compiled from seven other prohibiting categories utilized by the Brady Operations Branch to refer denials for field investigation.
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Brady Operations Branch.


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