Fibbing for Firearms


The issue of "background checks" for gun purchases occupies center stage in the current gun-regulation debate, even though, ironically, current federal law on such checks is apparently half-heartedly enforced. In the latest data available (from 2010), nearly 80,000 Americans were denied the right to purchase guns because their applications contained false information (even though applicants swear, under penalty of law, that all information is true). However, in January, The New York Times reported that of the nearly 80,000 applicants, only 44 were prosecuted for lying; federal officials said the practice, well-known among applicants with shaky backgrounds, is known as "lie and try."

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