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USA. 2006 ‘Impediments to Record Checks.’ Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearm Sales, 2005, p. 14. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1 November

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Impediments to record checks

The absence of flags, missing dispositions, insufficient details on relationships between victims and offenders, and other incomplete records issues are the most common impediments to identifying domestic violence misdemeanor convictions in State databases. Incomplete records are also the most common difficulty encountered by statewide restraining order repositories, mainly due to the inability of courts to provide all necessary information to the repositories.

Checking agencies' ability to retrieve complete and accurate mental illness data is significantly affected by the absence of interfaces between mental health databases and criminal history repositories, the lack of biometric identifiers in the records, incomplete automation of record systems, and privacy laws.

The impediments to checking agency access also inhibit the ability of States to send records to NCIC and the NICS Index. See Improving Access to and Integrity of Criminal History Records, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/iaichr.htm.

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