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FBI never completes hundreds of thousands of gun checks
Internal report raised alarms in 2015

Many gun background checks are never completed by the FBI because they are purged from the agency’s computers. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Updated Dec. 4, 1:33 p.m. | The FBI never completes hundreds of thousands of gun background checks each year because of a deadline that requires it to purge them from its computers, despite a report that raised alarms about the practice in 2015.

The data obtained by CQ Roll Call, which has not been previously published, shows how the FBI still struggles to complete background checks four years after a breakdown in the system contributed to a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine black churchgoers dead.

From Failing Civics and Talking in Class to the Senate
South Carolina's Tim Scott sees himself as 'a messenger of hope and opportunities'

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott decided he liked winning when he won a student council seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

World geography, civics, Spanish and English didn’t go so well for Tim Scott. As a freshman in high school, he failed all four subjects and nearly flunked out of school.  

“I think I’m the first senator to ever fail civics: the study of politics,” the South Carolina Republican said .  

House Holds Moment of Silence for Charleston Victims (Video)

Scott spoke about the Charleston church shooting earlier Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At 7:01 p.m., in the midst of a series of House votes, South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford led his colleagues in observing a moment of silence for the nine victims killed June 17 in the Charleston church massacre.  

Sanford, a former governor of the state, was joined on the floor by fellow South Carolina Republicans Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, who slipped over from the Senate after business had adjourned for the day.