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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2007 - Statistical Tables

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Table 4. Reasons for denial of firearm transfer applications by checking agencies, 1999-2007
  2007       1999-2007
Reason for denial FBI   State   Local FBI   State   Local  
    Total 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %   100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0
Felony indictment/conviction    35.5 38.6 25.4   46.6 54.9 27.2  
Other criminal historya 29.0   20.4  
State law prohibition 8.9 9.0   7.1 13.8  
Domestic violence              
  Misdemeanor conviction 8.5 6.7 11.5     11.9 10.1 11.1  
  Restraining order 3.9 3.6 2.2     4.4 3.4 1.8  
Fugitive 7.2 6.0 2.2     4.4 6.6 1.3  
Illegal alien 1.2 0.2 0.4     1.3 0.5 0.5  
Mental illness or disability 0.8 3.0 4.4     0.5 1.9 4.2  
Drug addiction 9.4 1.2 11.3     7.2 0.8 7.9  
Local law prohibition 0.0 2.3     0.0 5.5  
Other prohibitionsb 4.6 31.7 31.5     3.2 14.6 26.7  
Note: Reasons for denials are based on 18 U.S.C. 922 and state laws.
...Not available or Not applicable.
aIncludes state prohibitors, 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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