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Posted: 6/27/2001 8:28:25 PM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010627/tCB00V7876.html Wednesday, June 27, 2001 Gun Check Records Spark Concern Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON--A gun control group says the Bush administration is considering shortening the time that records are preserved from instant background checks on gun purchases. "Cutting the time will drive a stake into the heart" of the Brady gun control law, said Mathew Nosanchuk, litigation director at the Violence Policy Center. A Justice Department spokeswoman, Susan Dryden, said the agency would not comment on "speculation." Nosanchuk said Wednesday the administration is moving to require that records from the checks are retained for 45 days. A Clinton administration regulation, set to take effect in January but twice delayed by the current Justice Department, would have required keeping records for 90 days after a handgun purchase is attempted. The records give the FBI time to check for fraud and abuse in the gun purchasing system. Audits have uncovered instances in which dealers have tried to sell guns without conducting background checks, the FBI has said. They also have helped in identifying possible "straw purchases," where individuals buy guns for people who have been denied purchases. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act requires gun sellers to request background checks on individuals attempting to purchase firearms. The law is named after James Brady, press secretary to President Reagan who was shot in the head and permanently disabled during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. The Justice Department is reviewing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, under which on-the-spot background checks are done through the FBI while would-be gun buyers wait. In the meantime, the department is adhering to an earlier guideline of preserving the background check information for 180 days, officials said. The Violence Policy Center recently sued the department, arguing that it illegally was delaying the new regulation. Nosanchuk said retaining records for 45 days does not provide enough time for audits that have uncovered improper use of the system. The National Rifle Association opposes the government's policy of retaining records, saying it amounts to compiling a national registry of gun owners. The NRA sued the Justice Department to have the records disposed of immediately after the background checks are conducted. The suit was dismissed and the Supreme Court on Monday let stand the lower court ruling. Attorney General John Ashcroft, while a senator from Missouri, voted in favor of an amendment that sought instant destruction of background check documents. The amendment was defeated. Over 18 million checks have been conducted since the instant background check system began in November 1998. The FBI reported last year that information generated from background checks was automatically purged from system within the time allowed by regulation. - - - On the Net: Violence Policy Center: http://www.vpc.org/ Justice Department: http://www.usdoj.gov National Rifle Association: http://www.nra.org/ Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
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