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]
A new law, that requires courts submit names of individuals who have been through the system with mental health issues, to the state so that their names be added to the FBI database that disqualifies buyers from buying and possessing firearms. A Northern Nevada court failed to comply with the new law as reported by a Reno Journal investigation, the courts’ failure to follow the law has raised some concerns that could also put the public at risk.
“When a person is not lawfully allowed to purchase a firearm and his name is not entered on a list that is designed to prevent a sale of a firearm to that person, that’s a concern for us in law enforcement and for public safety,” Washoe County Assistant Sheriff Marshall Emerson said.
Federal firearms laws such as the Brady Act prohibits any individual who has been found by the courts to have mental illness from purchasing or owning weapons and firearms. Gun stores, dealers and federal firearm license holders use the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICs Database to conduct their background checks ensuring guns don’t get into the wrong hands.
The Nevada Legislature passed a bill in 2009 requiring all state courts to send records of people adjudicated with a mental illness to the state Department of Public Safety so they can be added to the NICS database. Craig Franden, the acting administrator for the Washoe District Court, said the court was not aware of the new law until recently and is now working to meet the reporting requirements.