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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2007 - 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, 1994-2007

  Number of applications   Percent
  denied
   Received       Denied  
Total 87,180,000   1,631,000   1.9 %
Brady interim perioda      
  1994-1998 12,740,000   312,000 2.4  
Permanent Bradyb 74,440,000   1,319,000    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  
  2007 8,658,000 136,000 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 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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