In the wake of the Tucson shootings, much attention has been paid to various categories of people who are legally barred from buying handguns -- those who have been "adjudicated as a mental defective," have felony convictions, have committed domestic violence misdemeanors and so on. The focus has almost entirely been on gaps in the federal background check system that is supposed to deny guns to these prohibited buyers.
There is, however, another major blind spot in the system.
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