Gun Violence Resource Hub

National Instant Criminal Background Check System Denials Investigations
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Investigations of denied background checks can reduce access to firearms for prohibited possessors. Research shows that people who lie on a background check when trying to purchase a firearm are likely to commit a gun-related crime within the next five years. Background check systems can be supplemented through investigations of individuals who fail background checks. Local law enforcement typically investigates these denials and refers for prosecution anyone who has failed a background check but goes on to purchase a gun.

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Primary implementing agency:
  • Law enforcement
Potential partnering agencies:
  • Prosecutors
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  • None/inconclusive

PSN Pillars

Focused and Strategic Enforcement
Prevention and Intervention
  • Types of Strategy

  • Types of Gun Violence