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 recently held Minnesota State Fair poll had revealed a surprising response from residents as it showed that almost 90 percent of those who took the survey are in favor of universal background checks for gun sales. The annual fair was attended by more than 6,000 people who had taken part in the poll which contained questions that directly concerned them.
The poll itself contained varying questions that ranged from gas taxes, transportation funding, students loans, to even transgender bathrooms. After everything was submitted, the results were put together by the Minnesota House of Representatives’ non-partisan Public Information Services. The department them published the finding online for the public to see.
According to the results, 86 percent of the fair-goers were in favor of requiring universal background checks for guns sales, more specifically during private sales as well as during gun shows. The official result shows that 5,556 people answered “Yes” to the question of requiring the check. 739 of them answered “No” while 150 had checked the “Undecided” option.
The survey itself is of course not a credible basis for the overall opinion of the state and neither is it a scientific one. However, the overwhelming amount of people in favor for universal background checks still bears its weight on the overall issue. Rep. Dan Schoen, who submitted a bill to close the “gun show loophole,” had mentioned that the Republican-controlled House and rural Democrats are still resistant to his proposal, but he believes that “public opinion is overwhelmingly behind such a bill.”
As of the moment, criminal background checks are only being required for gun purchases made through federally licensed gun dealers. A report from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence however, reveals that these types of purchases only account for just 60 percent of all guns that are sold in the country.