Would-be gun buyers who lie on background-check forms are only rarely prosecuted

Pat Cunningham

HERE‘s an area where both sides in the gun-control debate can agree:

Nearly 80,000 Americans were denied guns in 2010, according to Justice Department data, because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories on background-check forms. Yet only 44 of those people were charged with a crime.

The staggeringly low number of prosecutions for people who “lie and try,” as it is called by law enforcement officials, is being studied by the Obama administration as it considers measures to curb gun violence after the Connecticut elementary school shootings in December.

A task force headed by Vice ...

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