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Firearm Background Check System Hits 15th Anniversary

The computerized system that provides instantaneous background checks for gun purchases across the United States recently marked its 15th anniversary. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has processed more than 177 million transactions since its creation in November 1998, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each time one of the almost 47,000 licensed gun sellers nation ...

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Studies Find 20-Year Drop in Gun Deaths

Gun-related homicides and other violence involving firearms have fallen significantly over the past two decades, two new studies found. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), firearm-related homicides dropped by 39%, from 18,253 to 11,101, between 1993 and 2011. Firearm-related crimes that were not fatal decreased 69% over the same period, from 1.5 million victimizations to 467,300 victim ...

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White House Announces More Gun Control Measures

Military-grade firearms supplied to the nation’s allies can no longer be reimported to the United States for private entities under new gun control measures announced by The White House. Officials estimate that more than 250,000 such weapons have been authorized for reimporting within the past decade. Additionally, federal authorities said they will seek to close a loophole that could allow felons and other ...

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