Background checks for gun buyers on pace for record 2021 in Indiana

Background checks for gun buyers on pace for record 2021 in Indiana

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that This is a modal window. No compatible source was found for this media. INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Background checks for firearm purchases in the first six months of 2021 hit 1.1 million in Indiana, according to data from the FBI . That puts this year on pace to beat out the 2020 record of 1.9 million background checks. “There’s been a lot of criticism about background checks and why do we do them,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said. “Well, my response to that is if we find one person, we’ve done the right thing.” In 2020, less than 1% of the background checks were denied (9,293) , according to FBI data acquired by Everytown for Gun Safety . A vast majority of background checks were rejected due to criminal history. Jennifer Haan, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action Indiana, says background checks are working but she thinks they need to be taken a step further to include private sales. “I think our background check system works. It’s just that I wish we had them on all gun sales,” Haan said. “We can estimate it’s about 1 in 4 gun sales, but we really have no measure for that.” Guy Relford, a constitutional rights lawyer, says many of the rejections are violating people’s rights, mainly due to records not being updated. “I represent them in their appeals either to the FBI, for wrongful denial […]

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