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Extending background check waiting periods for "default proceed" gun purchases

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Under current law, the FBI has up to three days to conduct background checks on individuals who seek to purchase guns from federally licensed dealers. 

Shockingly, if no decision is reached before this three-day time period has elapsed, dealers are permitted to sell the gun to these individuals anyway, despite the red flags on their paperwork not being resolved yet.  These types of transactions are known as “default proceed” sales.

Complicating the process further is that many of our our background check databases are incomplete, which does not allow for the FBI to obtain the information they need to make these decisions in a timely manner. 

This unbelievable legislative loophole allows for individuals to obtain guns who would otherwise not be allowed access to them (such as convicted felons, individuals with a history of domestic violence, or individuals who have been involuntarily committed to psychiatric facilities).    

My petition is calling for Congress to immediately eliminate this loophole, allowing for an indefinite review period on any prospective gun purchaser with questionable histories on their application paperwork, until a sufficiently informed decision about the purchaser’s suitability to carry a weapon can be made.  

I strongly believe that there is no justifiable reason for guns to be obtained so quickly by individuals who could otherwise be disqualified, if FBI investigators simply had more time to collect the information they needed.   



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