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 The Gun Lobby June 18, 2016

Amendments to S.2837 Filed By Senators Feinstein and Murphy

Senator Feinstein’s proposal would close the terror gap by enabling the Department of Justice to block gun sales to suspected terrorists.

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Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby June 17, 2016

Amendments to S.2837 Filed By Senators Cornyn and Grassley

The Cornyn proposal would actually make it more difficult to block a gun sale to a suspected terrorist than it currently is to indict one.

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Fact Sheets Background Checks May 26, 2016

Gun Violence and Background Checks in Minnesota

This fact sheet brings together the findings of Everytown for Gun Safety’s original investigations and analyses of relevant law enforcement and public health data to illuminate gun violence and crime trends of the illegal gun market in Minnesota.
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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