Federal law already prohibits those with a criminal record from obtaining firearms, but a newly passed law in New York aims to expand that to include people who had had domestic violence convictions. The new bill, which New York lawmakers have just recently approved along with the state’s new budget, [more]
Ever since the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, where the shooter used a bump stock-equipped rifle to kill 58 people, the particular accessory has been under scrutiny. Now, President Donald Trump has announced that he will be banning the buying and selling of the gun accessory to finally end the [more]
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]
Gun rights advocates have reportedly now lobbied for the incoming Trump administration to do away with a recently finalized ruling that would collate information gathered from the Social Security System into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database. The ruling was originally submitted as part of the White House’s package of executive actions during the Obama administration.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) had finalized the ruling back in Dec. 19. Under the finalized rule, the FBI NICS would essentially now include information on recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which might be used to determine if a subject of a firearm background check is considered to be a “mental defective” or is unable to manage their financial affairs. This could in turn be used as a reason to outright deny a firearm purchase.
Second Amendment advocates such as the Gun Owners of America have revealed that they had already filed requests to the incoming Trump administration for it to reverse the new ruling. Critics of the new SSA rule argue that the information gathered from the Social Security System is too broad of a criteria to be used to deny firearm purchases. Because of this, the gun rights advocates believe that it might just end up denying guns to “harmless, law abiding” citizens.
The SSA ruling is also part of the required compliance to the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act, which basically requires all federal agencies to provide information to the Justice Department and to the FBI NICS. SSA spokesman Darren Lutz also clarified, via Fox News, that not all of the records for Social Security beneficiaries are going to be submitted to the NICS database. Lutz explained that only relevant information regarding potentially unqualified citizens are submitted.