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Wednesday, April 17 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Why Background Checks for Gun Carrying Licenses Should be Enhanced.

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Background checks should be expanded to obtain a gun license in New York State. Currently in New York State, to obtain a gun license, one is required to obtain a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) a background check which can be completed in minutes by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). This type of background check looks for felonies, criminal and mental health history, and ensures that one is a legal resident of the United States. In 2018, New York State’s death rate by firearms was 65.4%. A Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) is necessary for individuals to obtain a license for a firearm in NYS in hopes that the deaths by firearm rates will eventually decrease. This background check searches for information in the last ten years including citizenship, education, job history, employment, public records, credit, and neighborhoods. If firearms are harder to obtain, it would be harder for an individual to be murdered using one.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
RIC 120
  • Moderator Margaret Phillips

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