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FBI to Launch Secondary Background Checks for Gun Buyers

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The way the FBI processes background checks for firearms buyers is about to undergo a significant overhaul. The nation’s top law enforcement agency is looking to add a secondary check in addition to the existing one. It’s called the National Data Exchange, and it is going to serve as a second layer of vetting for people looking to buy guns.

According to the FBI’s website, “The N-DEx system is an unclassified national information sharing system that enables criminal justice agencies to search, link, analyze, and share local, state, tribal, and federal records. It is also a strategic investigative information sharing system that fills informational gaps and provides situational awareness.”

The N-DEx system is meant to cover gaps between states and jurisdictions which makes it possible for clerical errors and gaps in information sharing to catch illegal gun sales before they happen. The program was dreamed up in response to the Dylann Roof killings. These should have been prevented since Roof had a previous felony drug arrest. But the existing information sharing system was too slow, or insufficiently comprehensive, to catch him before he bought his gun, we’re told.

The existing system, the NICS, did register Roof’s felony record but it did not reveal sufficient information to bar him from buying a gun. The FBI should have been able to locate the complete report, but clerical errors prevented that from happening.

In other words, they could see there was a felony arrest- but it didn’t reveal enough details about the felony so they let him buy a gun anyway. That is pure BS.

Attorney Andy Savage, who represents the some of the victims of the Charleston shooting commented, “It’s amazing it’s taken more than three years before an initial step can be taken by the FBI. There is no excuse under any circumstances for Dylann Roof to have ever gotten a weapon. The facts are egregious.”

The victims of the Charleston shooting are suing the FBI for negligence over the clerical error that allowed Roof to buy the gun he used to kill their loved ones and injure others that day. A Federal judge has dismissed their suits claiming that the agency did follow the correct procedures.

If the FBI did its due diligence, that would mean there really is a need for a new and better system. The alleged weakness in the existing system became known as the “Charleston Loophole.” They are calling it a glitch at times and a series of clerical errors at other times.

This is an important point of contention. Was the weakness in the system that allowed Roof to get a gun a series of clerical errors, or was it a glitch? Those are two very different things. A series of clerical errors include human mistakes like spelling errors or accidentally throwing the wrong file away- that sort of thing. A glitch implies an unforeseeable hangup in some procedural or mechanical system. It should mean that even if the FBI did everything correctly, their system would have malfunctioned anyway.

It’s important to suss out the difference, and determine whether these terms “glitch” and “series of clerical errors” refer to the same event or events, or if they are just being used as fudge words to make the case easier to process than it would be otherwise.

The judge, allegedly, “blasted” the federal government for “glaring weaknesses” in the background checking system. Now, that is a very interesting use of language. A “glaring weakness” strongly implies fault on the part of the FBI.

This looks like a classic instance of a judge realizing that a government agency is at fault and using fudge words to get them off the hook. It’s a standard bureaucratic move, to shift or obscure the blame, and then invent a sweeping remediation which may or may not actually become a reality.

Now, what we’re going to get is a whole new and completely opaque system that will catch law-abiding citizens in who knows how many snags when it pleases the system and lets more Dylann Roofs slip by when it’s convenient.

It looks like the FBI was let off the hook. The judge used every word he could think of other than “negligence.” Frankly, the whole case reeks of “affluenza.”

~ National Gun Network


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30 Comments
  1. Kirk B Mullins says

    I do not believe just because you’re a felon that your gun rights should be taken away. There are many nonviolent felons that have served their time. They should be able to bear arms with impunity as any other American. I know this is not a popular idea. However, they have rights too. If they are a felon involved in violence with a weapon that is classified as arms, then their rights to arms should be taken away until they can provide evidence of a reformed life.

    1. David Ross Ball says

      No, I disagree. Look most convictions for both misdemeanors and felony’s do not go to a jury trial (as required under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States!). Of which means this is nothing more than “Let’s Make A Deal Criminal Justice System” meaning that the accused (guilty), in order to avoid a longer sentence, pleads guilty to a “lesser” charge instead of going to trial by jury for the offenses committed. Thus removing a basic principle of our systems of justice “Innocent until in the court of law (trial by jury) … So NO I’m not going to reward this kind of behavior.Not form the Court nor from the accused.

    2. Gordon Liddy says

      not all Felons lose their right to firearms or voting.. it depends on the type of felony they committed..

  2. cliff says

    I have one SIMPLE question: After watching how this CORRUPT organization operates, does ANYONE trust the “upper management” of the FBI???
    (OR for THAT matter, ANY of the ALPHABET AGENCIES??) Just another way for the “ELITES” to disarm LAW-ABIDING citizens for complete CONTROL, or “elimination” as they see fit. (history repeating itself read what happened when other countries disarmed their citizens for “safety reasons” THAT IS IF you can find an OLD history book that has NOT been re-written by the LIBERAL COMMUNISTS)

    1. Glenn says

      Cliff you just NAILED IT. Hell no I dont trust this agency and I haven’t trusted since Louis Freed became their director when Will Bill was in office. He was the one who brought the FBI out of neutrality and in to further corruption. They’ve been a source of corruption for the elites and leftists since.

    2. CaptTurbo says

      I agree completely. No confidence in the agencies since they were stacked with trash by the Muslim usurper.

  3. rt66paul says

    A felony arrest? are charges pending? I would expect that a felony conviction would trigger a “no guns for you, Bozo” response from the FBI, but an arrest is NOT a conviction.

  4. Bob says

    I am sick to death of hearing everyday how the corrupt cummunists in our government are never held accountable, and are running helter skelter trying to contrive new angles to take our God given rights away to gain control of our nation.

  5. CaptTurbo says

    I no longer have any confidence in the FBI because it is clear that most if not all of their top people are corrupt as hell.

  6. Don Ness says

    The goal is to disarm the US. The mass shooters cause public outcry for gun control. The idiots think they will be safe when all firearms are out of civilian hands and the 2nd amendment is repealed. Imagine their surprise when the government takes away everything just like Hitler did..

  7. Alan says

    As the judge inferred, the FBI screwed the pooch. Actually they serviced the poor creature multiple times, which leads to the following question. Why Is It That The Judiciary Seems So Willing To Cover Up For Incompetence and Sloppyness That Would Be Intollerable Anywhere Else? Why Indeed?

  8. ICE says

    Just one more way for the LIBERALS & DEMOCRATS to try and prevent people from owning guns. They figure if the get enough paperwork and hoops for a person to fill out and jump through the people will say forget it this takes too much time so I will depend on the POLICE to protect me ! SORRY TO BE A WET BLANKET BUT POLICE PROTECTING PEOPLE NEVER HAPPEN !!

  9. Tony says

    I don’t trust the FBI or DOJ any farther than I can toss an elephant. They are all trained liars especially their top tier leaders.

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