A $1.2 million overhaul of Instant Check—the first since the state’s background check system’s inception sixteen years ago—has led to fewer delays and shutdowns, sheriffs and dealers say. State police believed that over 2,162 licensed firearms dealers would use computers to run checks, though hard data won’t be released until spring.

The system determines “whether applicants are wanted under outstanding warrants, prohibited from owning a weapon because of a felony conviction, a drug conviction, three DUI convictions within five years, or an adjudication of mental incompetence.”

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