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Firearms background checks resulting in denials

This chart shows the number of gun transactions that were denied in Virginia through background checks conducted by federally licensed firearms dealers through Virginia's Firearm Transaction Center, operated by Virginia State Police.

Reason for denial 1989–2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   Totals
Felony conviction 13,625 420 495 510 444 520 609 16,623
Attempt to exceed handgun limit* 7,209 502 680 859 922 1,376 958 12,506
Misdemeanor domestic violence 4,976 372 407 466 359 80 63 6,723
Pending felony charge/indictment 3,985 79 96 73 75 68 89 4,465
Federal drug addict 1,096 141 243 250 229 296 410 2,665
Mental health 974 109 136 195 215 235 340 2,204
Misdemeanor warrant of arrest 644 138 201 231 246 224 250 1,934
Protective/restraining order 1,107 104 100 130 127 138 175 1,881
Felony warrant of arrest 1,059 67 58 40 45 58 56 1,383
Federal misdemeanor disqualifier 455 80 98 108 78 76 125 1,020
Other 1,210 210 263 239 259 306 369 2,856
Totals    36,341    2,222    2,777    3,101    2,999    3,377    3,444    54,260

Source: Virginia Firearms Transaction Center

*Under Virginia law, gun buyers could not purchase more than one handgun per month from July 1, 1993 through June 30, 2012. The law was repealed effective July 1, 2012.

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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:00 am

Despite his multiple felony convictions, Darrell L. Booker decided to test Virginia’s two decade-old background check system for firearm purchases to see if he could thwart the law and buy a revolver at a gun show in Henrico County.

The gun seller’s check through the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center quickly turned up Booker’s felony record. But because of a misread computer screen, Booker was allowed to purchase the .38-caliber handgun and take it to his Petersburg home.

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