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]
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.