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]
A new legislation that would have required health care workers in Colorado to undergo a fingerprint background check has now been stopped dead in its tracks in the state’s Senate committee. The bill was an effort by Democrats to disqualify convicted felons and known offenders from holding sensitive positions in the health care industry following several reports of abuse and high-profile thefts of prescription drugs by health care workers.
The legislation, called the Patient Safety Act, was proposed by state Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora. The House Bill had no problems going through the mostly Democrat-controlled House but faced stiff opposition when it reached the State Senate. After the discussion within the committee, the bill was junked via a party-line vote of 3-2 late last week.
Colorado remains to be one of the six states left in the country that does not require criminal background checks for medical professional and applicants. Instead, applicants and currently practicing medical staff are entrusted to be truthful about their arrests and convictions. The state is also one of the five states that do not require background checks for nurses.
The Patient Safety Act would have required all 160,000 active health workers in the country to submit themselves to fingerprint background checks. This would include practitioners such as doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, physicians, veterinarians, podiatrists, and other medical staff. All other new applicants for any medical-related positions would also need to submit fingerprints that will be run through criminal background checks before they will get their respective licenses.
One of the committees that voted to kill the bill stated that the legislation was unnecessary and excessive as the state has not been having any big issues with medical staff for the past decades. However, there have been reports of sex offenders and convicted criminals holding sensitive positions in different medical establishments around the state.