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 recent bill signed into law last May 11, created a lot of ruckus and conflict and debate among gun control groups and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Senate Bill 315 that was passed required that parties to a private gun transfer are to go to a licensed firearms dealer and pay an additional fee on top of the amount charged by the state police for a criminal background check.
Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, won approval on a 38-22 vote from the House aimed at ‘fixing’ the passed bill by making it easier to lend firearms to friends or family. Four Republicans — Reps. Andy Olson of Albany, Vic Gilliam of Silverton, Julie Parrish of West Linn and John Davis of Wilsonville– joined 34 Democrats in voting for the bill. Rep. Jeff Barker of Aloha was the sole Democrat who voted no.
With the ‘fix’, a firearm owner can lend a gun for a week after calling Oregon State Police to check if the person borrowing the gun is prohibited from possessing a firearm based on a background check. Another wording change in Senate Bill 315 is that now gun owners now face a higher liability if the firearm being lent is used in a crime, and if the lender knew or should have known the gun was going to used illegally.
The ‘fix’ also makes it clear that a gun owner can loan a gun for hunting purposes, without being present, and with Senate Bill 941, the loan of the firearm does not require a background check if lent for hunting or trap shooting purposes. Transfers among family members and law enforcement also do not require the check. The expanded background check and fixes in Senate Bill 941 will take effect on August 9 this year.