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]
In 2009, the National Employment Law Project released a report saying that FBI background check records were often incomplete or inaccurate, harming thousands of job seekers. U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., said he’d introduce a bill that would require the FBI to verify and correct criminal information before issuing an employment background check.
Fast forward four years. NELP, a workers’ advocacy group, recently issued another report saying the same thing about FBI background checks. And Rep. Scott has reintroduced his bill to fix the problem. Apparently, his previous bill, introduced in 2010, went nowhere.
This isn’t Obamacare, immigration reform, gun control or the federal budget. This one should be a slam dunk, a no-brainer.
Over the years, Congress has mandated FBI background checks for an increasing number of jobs: federal workers, truck drivers who haul hazardous material, port workers, health care workers, school employees and more. It’s up to Congress to mandate that those FBI records are accurate.
The latest NELP report notes that employers requested about 17 million FBI background checks last year — up sixfold since Sept. 11, 2001 — and that inaccurate records potentially harmed 1.8 million Americans’ ability to get a job. That’s inexcusable. Since the FBI checks are considered the “gold standard” of background checks, their accuracy and trustworthiness should be gold-plated.
Both NELP reports pointed out that the government already mandates accuracy in FBI background checks for firearms purchases, so it has a model for requiring the same for employment background checks.
Congress had the chance to correct this problem in 2010. It failed. Lawmakers need to get it right this time.