In the states that require background checks for all handgun sales, there are lower rates of gun violence across a variety of groups: 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners, 48 percent fewer on-duty law enforcement officers are killed with handguns that are not their own, and the rate of gun trafficking is 48 percent lower. The system works: since 1998, the background check system has blocked more than 2.4 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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Fact Sheets Background Checks April 8, 2016

Denied and Dangerous: Alerting Law Enforcement When Dangerous People Break the Law and Attempt to Buy Guns

Every day across the United States, dozens of wanted fugitives, convicted felons, and people under domestic violence restraining orders walk into local gun stores and try to buy firearms. And because they are barred by federal law from buying or possessing guns — along with several other narrow categories of dangerous people — they fail background checks and the dealers stop the sales. But in almost all cases, these denied and dangerous people walk away scot-free.
Maps Background Checks March 23, 2016

Fatal Gaps

Background checks will only be effective if states submit the hundreds of thousands of mental health records still missing from the system. See how many mental health records your state has submitted.

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Fact Sheets Gun Violence Trends January 14, 2016

Research on Gun Violence in Nevada

Everytown's independent research on gun violence in the state illuminates the gaps in the system that make it too easy for dangerous people to get guns, and highlights the solutions that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
Fact Sheets Illegal Gun Trafficking January 5, 2016

January 2016 Executive Actions

On January 4, 2016 the Administration unveiled a series of executive actions it is taking to better enforce existing law. These actions will improve the background check system and empower law enforcement to crack down on gun traffickers and keep guns out of dangerous hands.

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Fact Sheets Illegal Gun Trafficking January 5, 2016

How President Obama's Executive Action Will Crack Down on Gun Traffickers

President Obama has taken an executive action that will help keep unlicensed gun sellers from fueling the black market. This executive action will clarify the rules around which gun sellers are required to get a dealer license and conduct background checks.

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