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If a violent criminal is so dangerous that he poses a physical threat to innocents, letting him wander freely among us makes as much sense as opening the cage and letting out a man-eating lion because it’s served a designated time.

The National Instant Check System, or NICS, the computerized system used to perform background checks on retail gun buyers, has been operational since 1998, as part of the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The concept of an “instant” check was put forward by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, or NSSF, the trade association for …

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported last week that the number of firearm-acquisition background checks in June was the highest for that month on record. Of 1,529,057 total firearm NICS checks in June, over 825,000 related to firearm acquisitions, over 10 percent more than in June 2014. Another 632,000 checks were conducted in …

The FBI ran more than three background checks per second ‒ more than 175,000 total ‒ on Black Friday, thanks to the largest ever number of guns purchased on the biggest retail day in the US. It was the second most reviews ever during a single day. Purchasing guns on Black Friday ‒ the start …