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]
The controversy regarding the alleged failure of the FBI to properly run a background check, which allowed Dylan Roof to purchase a firearm, is apparently not over just yet. A judge has denied all of the motions to dismiss the case and has now allowed it to proceed.
United States District Judge Richard Gergel, the same judge that sentenced Roof to death by lethal injection earlier in the year, denied all of the federal government’s motions to dismiss the case against them. The judge mentioned in his ruling that the case is “sufficiently plausible,” which is why he will allow it to move forward.
Survivors and the families of the nine victims killed in the Dylan Roof mass shooting incident had originally filed a case against the FBI for failing to deny Roof from purchasing the .45-caliber Glock pistol he used in the shooting. The now 22-year old, self-proclaimed white supremacist, was apparently able to purchase the firearm despite having records that should have immediately disqualified him.
Less than a month after the incident, the FBI released a statement admitting that inaccurate paperwork caused delays in Roof’s background check. Due to the lack of any proper information, Roof was able to purchase the firearm after the three-day waiting time limit. Roof used the same firearm to kill nine people during a prayer service inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The current United States gun laws give the FBI up to three days to complete a firearm background check. If the FBI NICS system is unable to give a yes or no signal, sellers are given the prerogative to allow or deny the customer’s purchase at their own discretion.
FBI Director, James Comey, explained that the wrong arresting agency was listed on Roof’s paperwork, which led to the FBI examiners calling the wrong office. Roof was previously arrested for drug possession without a prescription, a record which should have disqualified him from purchasing a firearm.