Several youth groups, including those formed by students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have started to rally in different locations across the country in an effort to stress the importance of gun control. A group called Teens for Gun Reform, which was organized by students through Facebook staged [more]
The FBI has recently released the official FBI NICS Background Check data for January 2018 and it looks like the country's gun sales are continuing its steady decline. According to the recently published data, estimated firearms sales last month fell by 8 percent. Dealers across the country managed to process [more]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly sent a request for agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve more than 4,000 firearms that were purchased last year. The guns to be confiscated are from owners who should have been prohibited from acquiring them in the [more]
The United States Air Force has announced that it has already launched an investigation to find out why the criminal records for Devin Patrick Kelly, the shooter who killed 26 church-goers in Sutherland Springs, weren't forwarded to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to application forms acquired [more]
Sutherland Springs, Texas - A lone gunman opened fire inside a church during service in a small town in Texas killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 others. The gunman was later identified as 26-year old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the US Air Force. Kelley had [more]
Gun-related shooting incidents have historically caused sudden spikes in firearm sales. The latest incident in Las Vegas, which has been described to be one of the deadliest in the country's history, seems to follow the morbid trend as citizens flock to gun stores to stockpile firearms in case of a [more]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly sent a request for agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve more than 4,000 firearms that were purchased last year. The guns to be confiscated are from owners who should have been prohibited from acquiring them in the first place due to a criminal record, mental health issue, or other factors.
Due to the fact that the current federal laws only allow a 72-hour time limit for background checks to be completed in most states, thousands of prohibited buyers are still able to get their hands on a firearm. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) handles millions of the gun background checks each year. The number of checks has also seen a rapid increase over the past few years, which has caused a lot of pressure on FBI analysts to complete background checks within the three-day period.
If a background check is not completed within the allotted time for whatever reason, federal law will allow the sale to go forward. When the FBI later finds out that the sale should have been denied, it then contacts the ATF to take back the guns. This obviously causes a lot of problems for the agency as confrontations could potentially become violent.
Reports of the staggering amount of firearm retrieval requests come at the heels of the recent mass shooting involving a troubled Air Force veteran who was able to buy a rifle resulting in the death of 26 church-goers in Texas. The ATF reportedly has to investigate and seize 4,170 gun purchases in total, which is double that of the 2,892 retrieval requests in the previous year. Due to the difficulty of complying with the request, the ATF is unlikely to confiscate all of the prohibited firearms. The ATF reportedly has encountered problems in finding some of the buyers, while some firearms had already been resold and were too hard to track down.