More than a million people failed background checks to buy guns during the past 14 years because of criminal records, drug use or mental health issues, according to FBI figures.
But only about 1 percent of federal background checks are rejected.
Nearly 60 percent of those failing background checks, or nearly 578,000 people, were rejected because of a felony or serious misdemeanor conviction, according to information on the FBI website that was updated this month.
Federally-licensed gun sellers are not allowed to sell a firearm without a completed review by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Statistics show about 1 percent of applicants who failed a background check, or 10,180 people, were turned down for reasons related to mental health.FULL STORY