In the states that require background checks for all handgun sales, there are lower rates of gun violence across a variety of groups: 47 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners, 53 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death in the line of duty with guns that are not their own, and 48 percent less gun trafficking in their cities. The system works: since 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has blocked more than 2.5 million attempted purchases by dangerous people who are prohibited from buying guns. But in order to make all Americans safer, federal law should require background checks for all gun sales.

States must also submit all missing mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Everytown has documented states’ failures to submit hundreds of thousands of missing mental health records to the background check system, and identified steps they can take to close these gaps.

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Legal Documents Background Checks February 6, 2017

Amicus Brief: Boente v. Binderup

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the Court to grant a writ of certiorari to review the Third Circuit’s unworkable opinion in Binderup v. Attorney General. If left intact by the Supreme Court, the opinion by the Third Circuit would impose overwhelming burdens on the background check system, the courts and federal and state prosecutors.
Infographics Background Checks January 13, 2017

Background Checks Prevent Gun Violence and Save Lives

Background checks are the single most effective way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives. Learn more about the system and how it works to stop dangerous people from getting guns.

Infographics Domestic Violence January 13, 2017

Background Checks and Violence Against Women

Women in the United States are far more likely to be murdered with guns than they are in any other developed nation. This violence is directly related to our weak and requiring a background check for every gun sale will reduce violence against women and save lives.

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