FBI Issues Over 4,000 Gun Seizure Orders for Failed Background Checks – Report

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The FBI has issued 4,170 orders to the ATF to seize guns from people who bought them last year after it was discovered the purchases were not authorized. This follows a federal review of an agency tasked with overseeing millions of firearms sales each year.

USA Today report Monday says that the people cited as having bought the weapons had criminal records, mental health problems or other issues that would have initially disqualified them from making the purchases.

The FBI’s gun seizure order total for 2016, the largest of its kind in 10 years, was to be executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

It is not clear how many seizure requests ATF agents actually executed last year, or the total number of guns that were seized during the operation. The report states that the guns seized could be more than 4,000, due to the fact that multiple firearms can be purchased in one transaction, USA Today reported.

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.

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  • Enough is enough

    The government gun grab has begun. How far are we going to let it go.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Sorry, but it hasn’t “just begun”. It has however, SHIFTED GEARS.

      • Enough is enough

        You’re right. My point is. It’s not just talk now. There will be no more debate if the government will confiscate guns. It has begun.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Yup. And thanks for not thinking I was disagreeing with the gist of your point. Love your avatar&moniker, btw!

        • NonYo Business

          Yes, more and more categories that you must fit in, in order to retain your rights to bear arms.

    • Uncle Sham

      they’ve done this every year since 1998 …LOL

  • j.hendricks

    Good luck in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore….?

  • darkhorse

    Diane is getting hungry……….

    • There’s no peace with people like her still alive.

  • tscull

    And they’ll serve these “warrants” for seizure through a 3 am battering down of the door, terrorizing of children, and the killing of protective pets, and possibly of someone coming out of sleep and picking up their weapon to protect their home!

    • Rift

      Sounds like a small scale practice run. Probably seeing how this goes before the big one.

    • Smarty

      That’s just what I was thinking. You won’t get a letter in the mail saying “sorry, we made a mistake”. No, instead it will be practice/party time for the Swat puppets, as they go blasting their way into homes, (getting the correct address only 85% of the time).

      • Set your door up for that. Make it a bad time for any criminal that comes in. You can do it for cheap and it is deadly. They should die in numbers trying some shit like this.

  • idontknow

    “…not authorized.”

    I will NEVER ask the FBI for permission to exercise my rights that come from GOD…

    • roger


  • universal background checks! because, you know, they work so well…. *eyeroll*

  • Jack Offington

    This is why you should buy some guns from the black market, they can’t track those.

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    If you want a job done poorly, let the government do it. I bet if the background check system was privatized, these 4000+ errors would not have happened. As President Reagan stated, ” The 9 scariest words in the English language are, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”