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]
On the fourth day of the federal trail for gunman, Dylan Roof, who shot down nine parishioners during a bible study session inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, two of the state’s senator filed new background check Senate Bills that were aimed at closing the very loophole that allowed Roof to get his hands on the firearm used in the shooting. The legislations were pre-filed on Tuesday, both of which contained proposals to amend the current three-day waiting period for firearm background checks.
Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, submitted Senate Bill 159, which proposed that the standard three-day waiting period be extended to 28 days. Meanwhile, Sen. Mia McLeod, D-Richland, introduced Senate Bill 143, which aimed to fully close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” by outright denying any firearm sale until a clear background check result is processed and the buyer is deemed legally able to purchase the firearm in question.
Both Senate Bills are directly meant to address the underlying issue that allowed Roof to get his hands on the .45-caliber Glock handgun, which was used during the shooting. The purchase was apparently allowed to proceed despite Roof’s felony drug charges just a few months prior to the incident.
On the other side of the debate, the state’s Republicans argue that the changing the three-day rule won’t really solve the problem. Several gun advocates claim that whether or not the FBI was given more time, they still wouldn’t have gotten the right answers because they were simply asking the wrong people in the first place.