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]
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.