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Officials Find State Couldn't Run Background Checks For Guns


A new state report says Vermont won't be able to run its own background checks for gun sales.
The Department of Public Safety finds that because only licensed dealers can access the federal database system, Vermont will not be able to offer an alternative to running background checks through gun shops. Vermont Public Radio reports anyone who buys a gun from a federally licensed dealer is required to have a background check under federal and state law.

Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Christopher Herrick says lawmakers wanted to see if a system could be set up for private sales, but the state would not have access to the full range of databases.

The National Instant Background Check System is managed by the FBI.

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