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]
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 [more]
Background checks have always been reserved as an added security measure for high-profile or high risk situations such as firearm purchases, security-related job applications, and safety-related fields. However, a South Carolina State representative seems to want to make it as a requirement for people who want to apply for a real estate license and for current holders to be able to renew theirs.
The brand new bill was recently pre-filed by State Representative, Chip Huggins, who believes that background checks should be a sensible requirement before allowing the release of real estate licenses. The filing of the bill was initially instigated due to a recent incident in Spartanburg Country, where a real estate agent is accused of killing seven people.
Following the incident, several state lawmakers considered adding a criminal background check as a standard requirement for processing and renewing real estate licenses. Some realtors in the country and the state have expressed their agreement to the proposed law and mentioned that going through a background check would also help to build an additional trust between them and their clients.
“We are dealing with people’s homes, their money–it’s a major transaction in most people’s lives and they need to be able to trust us,” a realtor in the area mentioned in an interview with ABC 15.
As for the proposed law itself, Huggins had acknowledged that there were still a lot of things that needed to be ironed-out. The details would include the cost of the background check itself for applicants, and the process that would be followed if a criminal record was indeed found in one of the checks. The bill still needs to be debated and then go to the State’s Governor, Nikki Haley. If he bill passes, it could be made into law as early as 2018.