Live Scan System for Universal Background Check for Gun Control

Universal background check for guns is a revolutionary step towards saving lives from gun violence. Universal background check legislation with live scan fingerprinting can cover unlicensed gun seller who sell firearms privately.

What is Universal Background Check for Guns?

All licensed gun shops and firearm dealer are required to perform background check on buyer to look for any criminal history records. This requirement is mandatory and backed by law.

In order to keep guns out of hands of the fugitives, felons, persons with open arrest warrants, minors, mentally ill and drug addicts, the U.S. Congress introduced the Gun Control Act of 1968.

This Act, however, had loopholes that allowed such people to get their hands on guns. Gun control act covered licensed firearm dealers but there are many sellers that sell guns casually.

These unlicensed gun sellers allowed people to purchase guns without going through any criminal history background checks. These gun buyers also included criminals and people with disruptive intents.

No wonder a large portion of gun violence have seem involvement of guns that were purchased without performing any criminal history background checks on buyers.

To further restrain easy access to guns and firearms for people with criminal background, the U.S. Congress passed Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993, a step forward to universal background check legislation.

This act required all licensed firearm dealers to perform background check on every customer buying firearms.

Universal background check legislation advocates that all gun sell transactions to be backed by universal background screening. It covers even the casual gun sellers that are not licensed and sell guns casually.

Universal background screening for every gun buy/sell transaction helps ensure that people with criminal / questionable background cannot own guns so the potential gun violence incidents can be stopped.

Do All States Require Background Checks for Gun Purchases?

All US states require background check for gun purchases as far as they are they are purchased by a federally licensed firearm dealers. However, the process of handing the background check activity may differ across the states.

Licensed firearm dealers in 36 Non Point-of-Contact states rely on FBI’s NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check) system to perform background check. There are agencies representing NICS in 13 full POC states.

FFLs (Federal Firearm Licensees) can contact these POCs for firearm background checks. Similarly 7 states work as a partial POC by sharing responsibility with the FBI. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has presence in 25 states that can issue gun permits after performing a background check.

NICS is an instant background verification system maintained by the FBI to perform quick background checks on a firearm buyer.NICS system is available online (aka NICS E-Check) as well as via phone.

While NICS is a name check service, using live scan fingerprint to perform universal background screening can return more reliable results.

States with universal background checks: Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia require universal background check for some private sale of guns. However, while universal background check is widely supported by people, it is not mandated by the federal law.

Live Scan System Features and Supported Printers

System Features

  • Fingerprint image capture
  • Demographic data entry
  • 10 rolled and 4 flat impressions
  • Type 4 and type 14 images
  • Segmentation and quality check
  • Photograph and signature


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Supported Printers

  • Hewlett-Packard M551
  • Lexmark T640/T642/T644/T650
  • Lexmark C534/C544/C746/C736
  • Lexmark CS510/CX510/MS810
  • Xerox Phaser 3610/4510/5550
  • Dell B5460dn


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Eliminate Demographic Detail Related Errors

Live scan powered universal background check for guns can improve name based background check. Name based background checks may lead to errors is verification and can potentially make an erroneous gun sell happen. An NICS like instant background check system with live scan can prevent such errors.
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Compliant with Background Check Legislation

Live scan based universal background screening can help achieve compliance with universal background check legislation with ease. Since live scan fingerprinting based universal background check virtually has no possibility of errors, compliance with universal background check legislation will no more be an issue.
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Highly Accurate

Live scan fingerprinting is performed with specialized fingerprinting hardware and software, which offers highest level of accuracy in scanning and processing fingerprints. There is virtually zero possibility of errors, and if errors do take place, scan is rejected and the applicant is asked to rescan.
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Authentic Verification

Universal background screening with live scan can serve as a more authentic way of universal background checks for firearm purchases. Verification in gun transfers with fingerprint based background check will return authentic results.
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Built-In Quality Control

Live scan fingerprinting systems come equipped with inbuilt quality control mechanism that does not let errors pass through, be is issues in fingerprint capture or demographic data. Live scan fingerprint systems perform several quality checks before finalizing a fingerprint image for submission. This is something not possible in manual fingerprinting. Errors during demographic data entry are also controlled with validations so that the possibility of errors could be reduced.
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Quick and Easy

Live scan fingerprinting is not only accurate, but also incredibly fast. Be it scanning the fingerprints or transferring them to the verifying agency, the whole process does not take more than a few minutes. Live scan fingerprinting is also way faster when compared with traditional ink based manual capture of fingerprints and sending them by mail, which unarguably takes longer to retrieve results from the agencies.
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Dependable Universal Background Check for Guns

Easily comply with universal background check requirements for guns applicable in your jurisdiction and protect thousands of lives claimed by private gun sales and transfers without proper background screening.

Universal background check performed with live scan fingerprinting is more accurate that other methods such as name based background check or manual fingerprinting.


Unlike manual methods, universal background checks performed with live scan encrypts both fingerprint as well as demographic data to protect user privacy.


When done with live scan fingerprinting, universal background check for guns are backed by automated and stringent quality control, which is inherent in live scan systems.


Live scan fingerprinting is already used by several law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the United States and beyond. Using it for universal background check for guns will make the process more efficient.


Not complying with universal background check legislation may attract severe regulatory actions. Live scan fingerprinting will help comply with universal background check legislation whenever it is fully enacted.

User Friendly

Bayometric’s live scan system allows its users to enter demographic data electronically along with electronic capture of fingerprints. The system includes all the bits and pieces for criminal background check.

Just some of our happy clients

``The Bayometric Software is a nice piece of software... but the people behind this software really made the difference for me. I was totally blown away by the level of communication and the amount of time your team worked with me personally on this project. You were more concerned with fitting a solution that would work for me than making a sale. I give you guys 5 stars and a two thumbs up!``- Tommy Trucks; Sign Master