Thursday's HOT MIC
The Justice Department under Barack Obama directed the FBI to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich testified Wednesday.
Fugitives from justice are barred from buying a firearm under federal law. But what is a fugitive from justice? That definition has been under debate by the FBI and the ATF.
Is a fugitive someone with an outstanding arrest warrant or is it someone who has an outstanding arrest warrant and has crossed state lines? The Obama DOJ and ATF agreed it was the latter, so those without standing arrest warrants but not known to have fled their state were purged.
The result: half a million people were removed from the NICS system.