Gun Background Checks

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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. However, experience and common sense tells us that public safety must also be considered. Accordingly, states have devised gun background check procedures to try to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people. In the 1990s, the federal government passed the Brady handgun law. The Brady law created a federal system for immediate background checks that could be accessed by gun sellers. The background check tells a gun seller if the applicant has been charged with a felony, convicted of a felony, convicted of domestic abuse or is an illegal immigrant. Any of these things can prevent a person from legally owning a gun. Mental competency is also an important factor in determining whether a gun permit should be issued. However, there is currently no accurate federal database for gun dealers or licensers to access that would give them information about a person's competency to own a gun.

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