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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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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Licensed Gun Dealers in Colorado

98.1% of Colorado residents live within 10 miles of a federally licensed gun dealer capable of running a background check. Find the dealer nearest to you using the searchable map below.

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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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Mayors Against Illegal Guns Comments on Mental Health Gun Rules

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mayors Against Illegal Guns submitted this comment to ATF to urge the agency to modernize its rules implementing the federal firearms prohibitions on individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others because of mental illness. The proposed rule changes would facilitate the sharing of information on the dangerously mentally ill with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a critical tool in preventing dangerous persons from obtaining access to firearms.

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Gun Show Undercover

by the City of New York

In 2009, the City of New York conducted a multi-state investigation of gun shows to expose the threat posed by the “gun show loophole,” a term often used to describe the fact that federal law allows private sellers to sell firearms without background checks or record keeping.