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Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearm Sales, 1996

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Date Published
September 1997
70 pages
Prepared as part of the Bureau of Justice Statistics Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Project, this report describes procedures related to presale firearm background checks in each of the 50 States at the end of 1996.

Provides an overview of the firearm check procedures in each of the States. It is a continuation of ongoing data collection efforts that focus on the number of applications received, the number rejected, the reason(s) for the rejection, and other processing information associated with each application to purchase a firearm. This is the second report to be published from the BJS Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) project, which is part of the BJS National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP). The project is being conducted by the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS) of St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose of the project is to develop statistics that describe the implementation of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act), or, in the case of Brady Alternative States, under those States' own legislation. Data are used for national estimates.

Date Published: September 1, 1997