Arkansas Rejects One of Every 48 Gun Purchases

OCTOBER 25, 2004 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Justice Department report says Arkansas rejects a higher proportion of attempts to buy firearms than most other states.

One of every 48 prospective gun purchases in the state is rejected.  On average, the survey of 40 states shows one of every 65 attempts to buy a gun is rejected.

Arkansas uses FBI background checks to enforce provisions of the Brady Bill, which makes it illegal to sell guns to people with criminal records.

The Justice Department study shows that since 1999...15,438 Arkansans have been rejected for gun purchases under the bill.

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