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 gun background check bill passed the Oregon house this week, Monday. Voted 32-28 in favor and support of Senate Bill 941. The new background check bill now requires records check for all firearms purchases including private sales. Before this bill, background checks in Oregon are required only for gun purchases from local licensed dealers and at gun shows.
The passing of the bill makes Oregon the 12th state in the US to require background check for private sales and transfers of firearms.
The bill is now on its way to the governor of Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown. The governor has expressed her intention to sign the bill. The bill was passed by Oregon senate last month, 18 democrats were in favor and 12 republicans against.
“I do not want to take anyone’s guns,” said Rep. Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, to the Oregonian. “I do not want to register anyone’s guns. I want to make the community safer.”
According to the Oregonian, Mr. Rayfield cited FBI statistics as evidence that background checks work. He said Oregon’s existing background check law stopped 345 felons and 37 people with mental health commitments in their past from buying guns in 2014.
Gun-rights supporters and Republicans who voted against the measure questioned whether it would do anything to prevent mass tragedies.