A number that is both good and bad:
The number of people stopped from buying guns through the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety.
The FBI numbers provided to The Associated Press show the background checks blocked nearly twice as many gun sales in 2020 as in the year before. About 42% of those denials were because the would-be buyers had felony convictions on their records.
The bad part: They won't stop trying, and will eventually succeed through private gun sales. Which means, among many other things, that law enforcement won't have a record of the purchase if they need to serve a warrant, or respond to a domestic disturbance. Pretty soon every encounter will be assumed "armed and dangerous," even if there's no record or evidence a gun is present. And you can expect to see this more often:
A North Carolina man has been charged in connection with a road rage incident in which a woman was shot in the face, a sheriff's office said. In a news release, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said deputies dispatched to a location on U.S. Highway 321 on Sunday found two vehicles stopped on the shoulder and that the occupants got into an altercation.
During that confrontation, a shot was fired through a window of the vehicle driven by Angela Mischelle Duncan, 43, of Gastonia. Duncan was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the news release.
The sheriff's office said Londen David Feldman II of Hickory was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into occupied property. Deputies seized two firearms from Feldman's car, and another firearm from Duncan's car, the news release said.
Get that? They were both armed, and pissed off. Back to the OP:
Everytown’s research found that 16% of would-be gun buyers in 2020 were prohibited by state law, like the extreme-risk protection orders or red-flag laws passed in several states. Another 12% were related to domestic violence, either people subject to a protective order or convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime.
The data shows how necessary the legislation is, said Sarah Burd-Sharps, Everytown's director of research.
“There’s no question that background checks work, but the system is working overtime to prevent a record number of people with dangerous prohibitors from being able to buy firearms,” she said in a statement. “The loopholes in the law allow people to avoid the system, even if they just meet online or at a gun show for the first time.”
That is approximately 84,000 prospective gun buyers who are a danger to their own families, in one way or another. NC Republicans say our (national) background check system is all we need, but they refuse to enact extreme risk protective orders, and want to completely do away with our state's pistol permitting requirement. They care more about allowing a serial abuser access to firearms than they do the safety of his spouse and children.