FBI Issues Over 4000 Gun Seizures: US Government Start Taking Citizen's Firearms
Citizens automatically be disqualified from purchasing a firearm.
The FBI has issued 4,170 orders to seize guns from US citizens who owned firearms deemed to be 'unauthorized' by the US government.
This follows a federal review of an agency tasked with overseeing firearms sales.
According to USA today, people who had mental health problems, criminal records or other issues, would automatically be disqualified from purchasing a firearm.
The FBI confirmed that its seizure total for 2016 was the largest of its kind in 10 years. The report states that guns seized could be more than 4000 due tot he fact that multiple firearms could be purchased in one transaction.
RT.com reports: According to federal law, the sale of a firearm is allowed to proceed to any person looking to buy it, on the condition that a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) analyst does not complete a background check of the gun buyer within 72 hours from the time the buyer tries to purchase a gun. The ATF must, by law, retrieve any gun that is legally bought through the failure to complete the background check, if it is later determined that the person was not authorized to buy the gun.
It is not known if this is the exact reason for the high number of retrieval orders issued by the FBI, and the FBI says the ATF is not required to report back on the amount of guns retrieved during the operation, according to USA Today.
The report comes on the heels of a “comprehensive review”ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month into NICS practices. The FBI and ATF are currently conducting the review.
Sessions decided to follow through with the review after a breakdown in the agency’s system enabled troubled military veteran Devin Patrick Kelley to illegally purchase a rifle. Kelley subsequently killed 26 people and injured 20 with the rifle at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5.
Officials from the US Air Force acknowledged after the shooting that the force did not transmit a record of Kelley's court martial to the FBI, following a 2012 domestic assault charge that occurred while the man was in the service. The court martial would have rendered Kelley ineligible to buy the rifle.
The Air Force stated last Tuesday that a preliminary review conducted by the service, focusing on the error in Kelley's case, indicated that “similar reporting lapses occurred at other locations” within the force, USA Today reported.
The number of people buying guns in the US grew on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. On November 24, also known as Black Friday, the FBI received 203,086 requests for background checks in a single day. This is more than the previous two record setting years. In 2016, 185,713 requests were made on Black Friday, while 2015’s total reached 185,345.