FBI Gun Ban List

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Gavin Kuncl, Writer

The United States Armed Forces have added over 4,000 names to a Federal Bureau of Investigation gun ban list for dishonorable discharges.

The US Department of Defense has been enforcing the additions of names to an FBI gun ban list and making sure that all the military branches have properly updated the FBI’s system. CNN reached out to all the branches of the military with the United States Marine Corp, the United States Air Force and the United States Navy acknowledging that they were going through old records. The United States Army declined to comment, citing a lawsuit about failures to report these types of cases and the United States Coast Guard stated that they have always reported to the FBI on time.

A 1997 inspector general reported that the military had usually neglected to notify the FBI of convictions. The Navy failed to report 93% of the time while the Army failed 79% of the time. The trends in the report continued into similar reports done in 2015 and 2017.

The FBI’s tally of dishonorably discharged former service members increased by 4,284 names in the last three months, a 38% jump in names. Since 2015, the number of people barred from legally owning a firearm because of dishonorable discharges stayed around 11,000. The number jumped to 14,825 last November, then jumped to 15,583 in December. The number now hangs around 15,597.

Dishonorable discharges are reserved for service members that have been convicted by the military for violence or serious misconduct issues. Both are equivalent to a felony charge. People charged with a felony are barred from purchasing a firearm.

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