US: 1.9 million gun purchase applications refused after background checks

Since 1994 in the US, over 1.9 million applications to buy a gun have been refused due to the applicant’s failure to pass criminal background checks, according to a new report by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Background checks on people who wish to buy a gun from a licensed gun dealer are required under the ‘Brady Act’ of 1993. The Brady Campaign said this shows that, “Gun laws work by making it harder for dangerous people to get guns”. However, they stressed the need for the law to also apply to unlicenced dealers at gun shows. In a statement they said, “Our national policy should be: no background check, no gun, no excuses”. More