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Author: Sarah Herman Peck, Legislative Attorney

Release Date: 3/1/2019

Number of Pages:  2

Price: $5.99

Federal law requires a background check for many, but not all, firearms transfers. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act), Pub. L. No. 103-159, 107 Stat. 1536, established the federal framework for firearms background checks. Under the Act, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which queries various government records that could reveal a prospective transferee is ineligible to receive a firearm.