Millions of new records added to gun background check system

Millions of new records added to gun background check system

Mark O’Connor fills out his Federal background check paperwork as he purchases a handgun at K&W Gunworks in Delray Beach, Florida, on Jan. 5, 2016. CREDIT: Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Federal Bureau of Investigation will add a major database to the nation’s gun background check system, giving examiners access to millions of new law enforcement records. The news was first reported Tuesday by The Trace . The addition of the National Data Exchange, or N-DEx, could have kept a gun out of the hands of Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015. Roof was prohibited from buying a gun under federal law because he admitted to drug possession after a previous arrest. But the gun background check system only had a record of the arrest, not his admission. “[I]t’s a little too late,” said Steve Hurd, who lost his wife, Cynthia Hurd, in the Charleston shooting. “People lost their lives because of this mistake.” The new policy could take up to two years to implement, according to The Trace. But it won’t require changes to FBI regulations, as the agency previously said it would , dramatically streamlining the process. Adding N-DEx to the background check system has been a long time coming. A 2015 FBI review of the Charleston shooting suggested adding N-DEx to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) . The Department of Justice’s Inspector General echoed that suggestion when it audited NICS in 2016. Just last […]

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