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]
Lawsuits against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are not in the realm of impossibility, but a recent one that has been filed against the agency by the survivors of the recent Charleston church shooting does strike a chord in lieu of recent developments in the fight against more sensible gun laws. The plaintiffs are adamant in their claim that the incident could have been prevented were it not for federal negligence that lead to Dylann Roof being able to get his hands on a .45-caliber handgun.
Three survivors along with the estates of five that were slain during the massacre inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church have now filed several lawsuits against the FBI claiming that they were negligent in their background checking process and that it had directly led to Roof being able to acquire a firearm last year. One of the plaintiff’s lawyers, Attorney Andy Savage, had recently released a statement that expressed their objectives.
“In this case, you had an unqualified purchaser that slipped through the cracks, and the result is what happened on June 17.” Savage had mentioned in an interview with the Associated Press.
The incident that Savage was talking about was of course the tragic shooting of nine African Americans, including the senior pastor and the state senator, Clementa C. Pinckney. Upon further investigation of the case, it was later uncovered that clerical mistakes were actually made which led to Roof’s purchase of the firearm. The transaction itself should have been denied, but a jail clerk apparently entered the incorrect agency contact number which led to problems with the FBI examiners getting the appropriate documents.
Roof’s February 2015 drug arrest would have disqualified him from purchasing a firearm. The examiners spotted the arrest, but the lack of documents allowed the purchase to go through due to the limited number of days for background checks. There are currently a number of bills that had since been passed which extends the typical three day limit, but none of them have passed so far.