Thousands of names removed from FBI background check system

Thousands of names removed from FBI background check system
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Thousands of names were removed from the national criminal background check database after the FBI narrowed its definition of who is a “fugitive from justice,” The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Gun purchases can now be denied to fugitives who have crossed state lines to avoid prosecution or avoid giving testimony. Law enforcement officials previously disagreed over whether any individual with an arrest warrant out in their name qualified as a "fugitive from justice."

The narrower definition has been in place since February. The change took place under the Obama administration, but was implemented under the Trump administration earlier this year, CNN reported.

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The change in definition means the tens of thousands of people who were previously listed on the background check can now buy a firearm, unless barred from doing so for other reasons.

The national background check system has come under scrutiny in the wake of a mass shooting at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE on Wednesday directed officials to identify any agencies that are not "fully and accurately" reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

It was determined the gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, should not have been able to purchase firearms, but the Air Force failed to enter the shooter's domestic violence conviction into the federal database used for background checks on gun sales.

Kelley was sentenced to a year in prison and received a bad conduct discharge from the military after being convicted in 2014 of two counts of domestic abuse against his wife and stepson.