The FBI is Adding New Database for Wider Background Checks on Gun Purchasers

The FBI is Adding New Database for Wider Background Checks on Gun Purchasers

The N-DEx system is more accurate than NICS, according to the FBI. (Photo: FBI/Facebook) The Federal Bureau of Investigation will now use the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange when performing background checks for gun purchases. The FBI started the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange, or N-DEx, back in 2008. “N-DEx was one of the FBI’s answers to the 9/11 Commission’s report calling for greater information sharing between all levels of law enforcement,” said FBI unit chief John C. Quinlan. According to the FBI, these records would keep known criminals from buying guns, potentially preventing crimes across the country. The FBI first considered adding these records to NICS background checks in 2015 after an internal review showed that they could have halted the sale of guns to the Charleston Church shooter. By adding the N-DEx info to current background checks, the agency is doing what many gun rights advocates have called for a long time: enforcing existing laws, don’t add new ones. Still, the N-DEx is relatively new and unknown and people will have personal security and privacy concerns. The FBI conducted a study comparing one million standard background checks versus N-DEx checks and found that N-DEx was more accurate. Out of the million checks N-DEx caught two dozen more prohibited persons than NICS alone. N-DEx allows criminal justice agencies to pool their files and search and share local, state, tribal and federal records — information that might not be on file with NICS. For example, N-DEx contains incident, arrest, […]

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