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Feb 22, 2013 Comments Off littlebytes

56592058-eric-holderExcerpted 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.
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