FBI Stops Processing Background Check Denial Appeals

FBI Stops Processing Background Check Denial Appeals

FBI Stops Processing Background Check Denial Appeals

The FBI has stopped processing denial appeals through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), leaving a backlog of at least 7,100 appeals. The agency said that the temporary shutdown is due to a severe lack of manpower.

From October to December of 2015, a record 3.3 million firearm sales were run through the NICS, nearly overwhelming the 400 FBI employees that handle background checks from their facility in West Virginia.

“The last several months, we’ve kind of found ourselves in a perfect storm,’’ FBI Assistant Director Stephen Morris told USA Today.

Previously, a division of 70 examiners handled the processing of all denial appeals. The FBI now says that all 70 examiners have been transferred to deal with the immense amount of background checks that the agency has been processing since October. Shorthanded and understaffed, the FBI is now coming under criticism for its growing backlog of appeals.

“Each year thousands of Americans are wrongfully denied their Second Amendment rights when NICS incorrectly determines that they are prohibited from firearm ownership,” stated the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Compounding this grave injustice, this week the FBI made public that they have stopped processing NICS denial appeals.”

 

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