It isn't clear just yet if the threat of impending nuclear war has something to do with it, but US citizens seem to continually be arming themselves. The latest figures from the NICS background check system, which was recently posted by the FBI, shows that August has set yet another [more]
A state representative in Upper Peninsula of Michigan has just introduced a controversial new bill that has ignited conversations amongst residents. The new bill will essentially allow legal firearm owners with concealed carry permits to take their guns in previously gun-free zones such as schools and other establishments. The proposal [more]
With the prominence of social media and online services, tourists are now becoming more comfortable using online marketplaces for their travel plans. Airbnb is one such service that is becoming quite popular here in the country. In fact, Americans are spending millions of dollars within the app itself as staying [more]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now called all Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and interested parties to join its upcoming event that will include several useful resources and presentations pertaining to licensing and gun ownership. The event called the "NICS Retailer Day" will be held on July 25 at [more]
Florida state officials have just announced that thousands of Florida residents who currently possess firearm concealed carry permits may have just had their information compromised. Thousands of names of holders and hundreds of Social Security numbers were reportedly stolen by hackers. The data breach was initiated through the online payment system [more]
The state of Arizona has passed a brand new State Bill, which is obviously aimed at Tucson city's stubborn stance on firearm background checks. The new law is specifically targeting the private sale of guns amongst citizens. A city ordinance that required background checks for gun sales was passed more [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.