USA Today: FBI issued 4,170 gun retrieval orders in 2016
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USA Today: FBI issued 4,170 gun retrieval orders in 2016

December 7, 2017

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USA Today reported Monday that the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) issued 4,170 gun retrieval orders in 2016 from buyers who did not pass background check requirements, an increase from 2,892 retrieval orders issued in 2015. USA Today said that, according to The New York Post, 27.5 million background checks were conducted by NICS in 2016.

The article stated that FBI analysts have three business days to complete background checks. If a gun sale is not denied within that time, the gun can be sold. After a gun is sold, the FBI can request it be seized if it determines the individual does not meet background check requirements. Buyers may be banned from owning guns if they have a criminal record and/or mental health problems, for instance. If the FBI issues retrieval orders, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are required to collect the guns.

USA Today reported that the ATF did not disclose the number of retrievals executed or total guns retrieved in 2016. A separate inspector general’s report said 125 retrieval orders were reviewed between 2008 and 2014. Of those, about 93 percent of guns purchased were later retrieved.

Sources: Fox News, USA Today