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20 Years On, The Background Check System Continues To Miss Dangerous Gun Buyers

20 Years On, The Background Check System Continues To Miss Dangerous Gun Buyers

20 years on, gun laws still lacking

Twenty years ago, a pair of students killed a teacher and a dozen of  their classmates a high school in Littleton, Colo. The shooters at  Columbine High School used semiautomatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns  in the attack before turning the guns on themselves.

Just a few  months before that shooting, the FBI launched the National Instant  Background Check System to try and prevent dangerous individuals from  purchasing guns.

And in the two decades since, the federal  government says it has conducted more than hundreds of millions of  background checks. With critical shortcomings in the system, though,  mass shootings continue happening in the U.S.

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