FBI speeds dealer requests for background checks.

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The FBI has improved its criminal background check system, with only 9 percent of requests from gun dealers facing delays, according to the Justice Department.

Officials credit improved technology for reducing response time and incorrect matches by the National Crime Information Center (NCJC). The FBI has increased the percentage of NICS checks that result in a 'proceed' or 'denied' response while the dealer is still on the telephone. From early 2001 through 2002, the immediate response rate rose from 71 to 91 percent.

In August 2002, the FBI launched E-Check, giving dealers the option of accessing NICS via the...

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