San Antonio, Texas - Ride share drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft are now being given additional incentives to comply with criminal background checks that were made optional late last year. To entice drivers to undergo fingerprint checks, the city has launched a new program that gives drivers [more]
Staff members inside the White House are usually heavily scrutinized and checked before they are allowed to hold any kind of position inside the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. However, reports have revealed that a new set of FBI background checks was apparently [more]
SANTA FE, N.M. - An amended version of the New Mexico extended background check bill is now heading to the house floor. The House Consumer and Public Affairs recently voted 3-1 to approve the new house bill, HB 50, which seeks to extend the requirement of background checks for gun [more]
President Donald Trump's executive order to deny refugees and immigrants from entering the United States sent shockwaves around the country and sparked protest from Muslim and Non-Muslim American citizens. Over the weekend, protest erupted in various locations around the country including several rallies in large airports in New York, Denver, [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 [more]
The National Rifle Association (NRA) seems to be quite happy with how 2016 had turned out as the organization tweeted the record breaking number of last year's background checks on its official Twitter account. The organization expressed its delight on how Americans are apparently embracing their right to bear arms [more]
Two separate lawsuits have been filed in two different states against their local gun control laws. Connecticut gun advocates have filed a lawsuits to ultimately take down a gun control law passed in April, while the local sheriff’s office filed a similar suit against a new gun law in Colorado.
In the wake of numerous gun related shootings, most notably the massacre of 26 people at an elementary school back in December. Numerous states have adopted tougher gun laws that restrict sales of firearms in some way. Maryland and New York also adopted tougher gun-control measures in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
In April, the state of Connecticut passed a strict gun control law banning sales of high capacity ammunition clips as well as expanding the range of weapon types that was currently covered by the state’s existing assault weapons ban. One of the groups that brought about the lawsuit was the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, they argued that the law was deliberately violating their Second Amendment rights and that it would not in any way prevent attacks similar to the massacre in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“This law will do nothing to prevent tragedies or solve the problem of crime committed with guns,” Robert Crook, a 75-year-old hunter who serves as executive director of that group, said on Thursday. “Instead of violating constitutional rights, we need to get serious about addressing violence and mental illness.”
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Wednesday, seeks an injunction to stop the law from being enforced.
Last week, Friday, a group of Colorado county sheriffs sued to block gun restrictions that state passed in the wake of a mass 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. The lawsuit argued that the sheriffs did not have the resources to enforce that law.
The lawsuit was filed ahead of a planned implementation of a new state gun laws that would also limit the size of ammunition magazines and would also broaden current background check laws, it was to point out that the enforcement of such a law would be nearly impossible.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, magazine-maker Magpul Industries, and the Colorado State Shooting Association were among other groups that filed suit alongside sheriffs against the laws, which are set to take effect June 1. “The Sheriffs have limited resources and limited public funds to spend on investigations,” they said in the court documents.
“They cannot expend those resources to conduct investigations that would be necessary to monitor compliance with the new magazine restrictions. No documentation has ever been required for the retail or private purchase of magazines, making it a practical impossibility for the Sheriffs to determine whether one of the many magazines already in existence was obtained after the effective date.”