A media report says the Justice Department wants to prioritize the prosecutions of potential gun buyers who lie on the required federal background check forms. New York Times said that DOJ officials will be asking U.S. attorneys to carry out such measure in the coming days as gun-control matters remain one of the most controversial issues facing the Trump administration following the Florida school massacre. The said request looks to strengthen the existing gun laws and add more significance to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
One of the first and most important things a potential gun buyer is asked when filling out a background check application is whether he or she has ever been convicted or charged with a crime. Should the prospective buyer answer affirmatively to the said question, he or she will be automatically disqualified. And that’s also where much of the lying happens. The challenge is that for so long people who lie on their information forms are rarely prosecuted, despite it being a felony. Thousands of people are denied firearm purchases every year, yet the rate of prosecution is ridiculously low. The Justice Department says that between 2008 and 2015, there was only an average of fewer than 32 cases a year that made it in front of a judge.
President Trump said on Thursday that he would be “strongly pushing for comprehensive background checks” following Nikolas Cruz’ alleged shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week. There were 17 victims from the massacre, including 14 students. Cruz allegedly used an AR-15 to kill his victims. He legally purchased the gun last year after passing a background check. The new DOJ directive would not have been able to stop him from purchasing the gun because they saw that he didn’t have a criminal record and didn’t appear to lie on his application.
The trouble is Cruz in all likelihood was not really honest in filling out the forms to the background check. Chances are, her was ticking none of the boxes that he should be checking. That’s where the new proposal would come in handy and hopefully a better, more effective deterrence to mass shootings. The plan to prioritize the prosecutions of potential gun buyers will likely be accepted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives- which polices the FBI’s background check system and handles violations.
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