Feb 22, 2013 Comments Off on Why is Holder’s DOJ Prosecuting Only A Small Fraction of Convicted Felons Who Fail National Criminal Background Checks? littlebytes
Excerpted from The Daily Caller:
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) are pressing Attorney General Eric Holder on why the Department of Justice is prosecuting only a small fraction of the convicted felons and fugitives from justice who are failing background checks under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
The South Carolina elected officials note:
76,142 individuals failed a gun purchase background check in 2010.
19 percent of the denials (13,862) were based on the applicant being a fugitive from justice.
Another 2.5 percent (1,923) involved felons and unlawful firearms possession.
Only 13 of the 76,142 failed background checks resulted in guilty pleas.
“While we understand that not every denial needs to be prosecuted, every case involving a fugitive from justice or felon in possession of a firearm should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” wrote Graham and Gowdy.