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FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (AP) More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. At no time of year is this problem more urgent. This Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases, when requests for background checks speed up to nearly two a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal or...

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