Tenn. rejects more gun purchase applications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Background checks on gun buyers in Tennessee have produced what statistics show is a high rate of rejection in comparison to other states.

According to The Tennessean, U.S. Department of Justice records show 4.26 percent of applications to purchase guns were turned down statewide in 2010, based on criminal background checks. The national average was 1.47 percent.

More than half of those rejected in Tennessee eventually were allowed to buy guns.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the check system the agency uses is great for recording arrests, but sometimes doesn't get updated with the outcome of those cases.

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