The law also specified that such handguns had to be re-registered every two years or owners would forfeit their right to possess them.In 1994, the law was amended to require annual re-registration. * In the wake of Chicago’s handgun ban, at least five suburbs surrounding Chicago instituted similar handgun bans.
‡ Large anomalies unrelated to guns: * In 1982, the city of Chicago instituted a ban on handguns.
This barred civilians from possessing handguns except for those registered with the city government prior to enactment of the law.
This excludes all “military service, police work, or work as a security guard.” * A 1994 survey conducted by the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year. * Click here to see why the following commonly cited statistic does not meet Just Facts’ Standards of Credibility: “In homes with guns, the homicide of a household member is almost 3 times more likely to occur than in homes without guns.” * A 1997 survey of more than 18,000 prison inmates found that among those serving time for a violent crime, “30% of State offenders and 35% of Federal offenders carried a firearm when committing the crime.” * A 2013 study of more than 18,000 prison inmates found that in 2004, about “16% of state prison inmates and 18% of federal inmates” reported having a firearm during the commission of the crime for which they were incarcerated. * Nationwide in 2014, law enforcement agencies reported that 56% of aggravated assaults, 30% of robberies, 39% of rapes, and 65% of murders that were reported to police resulted in an alleged offender being identified and acted upon by the criminal justice system.  * For every 15 aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders committed in the United States in 2006, approximately one person was sentenced to prison for committing such a crime.   * In 1976, the Washington, D. City Council passed a law generally prohibiting residents from possessing handguns and requiring that all firearms in private homes be (1) kept unloaded and (2) rendered temporally inoperable via disassembly or installation of a trigger lock. 24, 1976.  * In 1920, Britain passed a law requiring civilians to obtain a certificate from their district police chief in order to purchase or possess any firearm except a shotgun.
To obtain this certificate, the applicant had to pay a fee, and the chief of police had to be “satisfied” that the applicant had “good reason for requiring such a certificate” and did not pose a “danger to the public safety or to the peace.” The certificate had to specify the types and quantities of firearms and ammunition that the applicant could purchase and keep. * In 1968, Britain made the 1920 law stricter by requiring civilians to obtain a certificate from their district police chief in order to purchase or possess a shotgun.
Of these, approximately 1.2 million or 0.6% were denied. * States may prosecute cases that the federal government does not.
In 2010, Pennsylvania convicted more than 100 individuals for state law violations arising out of firearm background check denials. * If an FBI background check takes longer than three days, the gun sale is approved by default. This is how Dylann Roof, the killer of nine people at a black church in South Carolina in 2015, was able to buy a gun despite having a police record that included drug possession. * In 2010, the FBI referred 2,000 to 3,000 cases of post-gun sale denials to the U. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for further action. The ATF retrieved guns in 1,157 cases. * According to a 2014 Government Accountability Office report, the ATF “does not have information readily available to systematically track the timeliness and outcomes—such as if a firearm is retrieved—of delayed denial investigations.” The Department prioritizes prosecuting prohibited persons who actually obtain guns—people who have gotten around the background check system and acquired weapons—illegally rather than those who attempted to purchase a firearm through the background check system but were unsuccessful. * According to federal agents interviewed in a 2004 U. Justice Department investigation, the “vast majority” of denials under the federal background check system are issued to people who are not “a danger to the public because the prohibiting factors are often minor or based on incidents that occurred many years in the past.” As examples of such, agents stated that denials have been issued for: * Between February 2004 and December 2014, 2,233 firearm and three explosives background checks for people on terrorist watch lists were processed through the federal background check system.
Using “records of firearms held on firearms certificates,” police accounted for all but eight of all legally owned handguns in England, Scotland, and Wales. * Years are calendar years prior to 1998 and fiscal years thereafter (April 1 to March 31).
† Homicide data is published according to the years in which the police initially reported the offenses as homicides, which are not always the same years in which the incidents took place.
Therefore, we are taking the additional step of providing readers with four examples to illustrate the type of material that was excluded because it did not meet Just Facts’ Standards of Credibility.