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  • OPM Seeks Social Media Tracking for Background Checks

    04/13/2016 8:14:50 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Nextgov ^ | April 11, 2016 | By Jack Moore
    The Office of Personnel Management is preparing for a pilot program to automatically track public social media postings of people applying for security clearances. OPM is conducting market research to find companies that can perform automated social media tracking and other types of Web crawling as part of the background investigation process, according to an April 8 request for information posted online. Responses from interested companies are due by April 15.
  • Toomey ads push expanded background checks on gun sales

    03/30/2016 3:45:26 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is returning to Pennsylvania's airwaves for the first time since last summer, advancing a pro-law enforcement and pro-gun control message as Democrats step up attacks on him. The ads, starting Tuesday, tout Toomey's support for undoing Obama administration restrictions on police access to U.S. military gear and Toomey's push to expand background checks on firearms purchases. Toomey's re-election bid is expected to be expensive and hotly contested, and the seat in closely divided Pennsylvania is viewed as crucial to control of the Senate.
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Background Check

    01/06/2016 9:27:49 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    American Irony ^ | 1-6-16 | The Looking Spoon
  • BEN CARSON: Here's proof these media investigations are bogus

    11/09/2015 9:35:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/09/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is firing back at the media after a series of press investigations into his background. He has the evidence, he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week," to prove that reports amount to nothing more than a "hit job." The Republican presidential candidate targeted two investigations in particular: CNN's inability to corroborate his claim of having a violent childhood, and The Wall Street Journal's questioning of the existence of a psychology class he said he took at Yale University. In a Facebook post early Monday morning, Carson posted what he said was a 1997 Parade Magazine in...
  • Bill Clinton’s address touches on gun checks, coal’s demise

    10/03/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | 10-2-15 | Matt Macarro
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former President Bill Clinton, in a keynote address to West Virginia Democrats on Friday night, touched on background checks for gun owners in the wake of the Oregon community college mass shooting. “Those of us who grew up in hunting country—and who believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees everybody the right to keep a gun to go hunting, to sports shoot and to protect themselves and their families—most of us think it’s crazy that we don’t do background checks,” Clinton said. Ticket sales for the party’s Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner spiked upon news of Clinton’s appearance. About 2,000 people...
  • Police Arrest Man After He Failed Background Check Trying to Buy Gun

    09/17/2015 8:51:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 9/16/2015 | Bill Michlowski
    PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- Police were called to a gun shop in Luzerne County Wednesday after a potential buyer was flagged in the system. A clerk at United Gun Supply along Route 315 in Plains Township said a man came in to buy a gun around 11 a.m. The red flags went up when he ran a background check on him. Police arrived and arrested Joseph Bagnato of Pittston.
  • Background check fails as ex-convict scores HUD job, embezzles $800,000

    12/23/2014 7:57:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    Brian Thompson had a criminal record spanning more than two decades, but that didn’t stop him from getting an office job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development earning nearly $90,000 per year. His extensive criminal history only came to light in recent days after federal prosecutors outlined convictions and charges of armed robbery, theft and larceny against Thompson, who now faces federal prison time for embezzling more than $800,000 from HUD during his short stint as a federal worker. Now HUD officials are scrambling to figure out how he landed his job, which he was allowed to resign...
  • Washington, State of, Initiative Measure No. 594 filed June 17, 2013

    10/27/2014 9:32:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Washington, State of; Secretary of State ^ | filed June 17, 2013 | WA BILL REQUEST - CODE REVISER'S OFFICE
    Initiative Measure No. 594 filed June 17, 2013 AN ACT Relating to requiring criminal and public safety background checks for gun sales and transfers; amending RCW 9.41.010, 9.41.090, 9.41.122, 9.41.124, and 82.12.040; adding new sections to chapter 9.41 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 82.08 RCW; creating a new section; and prescribing penalties.
  • Would you sell a car to someone you do not know?

    09/30/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gottlieb, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference, asked a very scary question.  It is a question loaded with bad premises, freighted with unintended consequences.   It was terrifying when you consider where it leads us, as a society. It was: Would you sell a gun to someone you do not know? The premise that underlies the question is that selling a gun to someone that you do not know is irresponsible, and that it should be regulated by the government.  Alan followed up his question with another terrifying premise: If you sell your gun to someone who later uses...
  • Illinois employers now banned from conducting background checks on interviewees

    07/28/2014 4:59:18 AM PDT · by blueyon · 29 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Brady Cremeens
    CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted. Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job. “Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said in a press release. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history. It will also...
  • NH: Two Takes on Gun Fight Two to One Vote

    02/19/2014 3:58:21 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Two articles in two local papers provide two takes on the two to one vote that defeated the "universal background check" or "ban on private sales" a week ago on the 12th of February. Depending on whether you read the seacoastonline or the New Hampshire Union Leader, the bill went down to defeat because of confusing parliamentary wrangling (the house is controlled by Democrats 215-177) or the Democrats want the bill to go down, but did not want their names attached to its defeat. From seacoastonline: HB 1589 would have required most private sellers to conduct background checks through...
  • Courant demands on gun enforcement present dilemma for state(CT gun ban)

    02/17/2014 2:30:44 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 February, 2014 | David Codrea
    Decrying estimates that “scores of thousands of Connecticut residents failed to register their military-style assault weapons with state police by Dec. 31,” The Hartford Courant published an editorial Friday declaring “State Can't Let Gun Scofflaws Off Hook. Aware that “willful noncompliance ... is doubtless a major issue,” The Courant floated the wishful thinking “that many gun owners are unaware of their obligation to register military-style assault weapons and would do so if given another chance.“But the bottom line is that the state must try to enforce the law,” The Courant concluded, calling on the state to use the “background check...
  • New playbook, same goal: Masking gun control

    02/16/2014 11:15:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Dave Workman
    While maybe a half-million people will line Seattle’s streets today celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl win, a “webinar” offered by the Progressive Majority Action Fund will provide tips to gun control proponents, including those in the Pacific Northwest, on how to push their anti-gun agenda. The 90-minute webinar – an online seminar – begins at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern. It is being described as “a lively and interactive discussion about how to argue for gun legislation” led by Bernie Horn, “one of the lead lobbyists for the passage of the Brady Law and the federal ban on assault weapons.”The Progressive...
  • Feds accuse background check contractor of fraud

    01/23/2014 7:21:01 AM PST · by Doogle · 12 replies
    foxnews ^ | 01/23/14 | FOXNEWS
    The government has accused its largest security background check contractor of defrauding the U.S. of millions of dollars by filing more than 660,000 flawed background investigations. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department made the claims in a 25-page civil complaint that joined a whistleblowers' lawsuit against US Investigations Services, LLC in U.S. District Court in Alabama. USIS was the firm that conducted background checks on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, as well as Aaron Alexis, a defense contractor who fatally shot 12 people before killing himself at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. this past September. Federal officials...
  • California Sheriff Denied Gun Purchase over Background Check

    11/30/2013 4:11:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/13 | AWR Hawkins
    When Siskiyou County, CA Sheriff John Lopey tried to buy an M1 Garand rifle through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), he was denied and told he failed to pass the background check conducted via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Lopey is a sheriff: he carries a gun and enforces the law for a living. Prior to being a sheriff, he spent 33 years with the California Highway Patrol and is a retired Army Colonel. He had Top Secret clearance in the Army. The FBI handles NICS background checks for firearms purchases. Ironically, Lopey recently went through and...
  • State Sues: Fed Rule against Felon Hiring Ban Endangers Public (Texas)

    11/07/2013 10:09:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 7, 2013
    At least one state has gone to court to fight the Obama administration’s preposterous new regulation limiting employers’ rights to ban hiring felons because it discriminates against minorities. It’s been an ongoing battle between a number of companies and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination, for years. Under Obama the agency has dedicated extensive resources to go after businesses that check criminal background records to screen job applicants. In 2012 the EEOC officially adopted guidelines that limit employers’ ability to exclude felons from jobs. The agency has also sued companies for...
  • Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly

    10/22/2013 7:38:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 10-21-2013
    The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information. While the agency says that the goal is to streamline the security procedures for millions of passengers who pose no risk, the new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers’ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously that level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States. The prescreening, some of which is already taking place, is described in documents the...
  • Same Firm Checked Background of Navy Yard Shooter, Snowden

    09/19/2013 8:49:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 09/19/2013 | Retuters
    The same company that scrutinized former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for a U.S. government security clearance said on Thursday it also checked the background of the Navy Yard shooter, allowing him to obtain a "secret" clearance. USIS, working as a contractor for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), conducted a background review of Aaron Alexis, identified by law enforcement authorities as the shooter who killed 12 people at the Navy Yard before he was shot dead. "Today we were informed that in 2007, USIS conducted a background check of Aaron Alexis for OPM," USIS spokesman Ray Howell said in...
  • Rally For Gun Background Checks Quickly Becomes Pro-Gun Event (Mayors Against Illegal Guns)

    08/31/2013 11:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    WBNS-TV ^ | August 30, 2013 | Jim Heath
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) COLUMBUS, Ohio - It was a rally organized by gun-control supporters, but by the end, it looked more like an NRA rally. "As a gun owner, I'm a responsible person and I think it's responsible to ask to have all gun owners have a background check," said Blanche Luczyk. "It's just common sense. Any responsible person who is willing to take the ownership of a gun should be willing to have that background check." Luczyk was one of a half dozen members of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns who hosted the rally in the Arena District on Friday....
  • How to get a gun Without a Background Check

    08/06/2013 2:41:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
     A homemade submachine gun Obtaining a gun without a background check in the United States (and much of the world) is a fairly easy process, and is becoming easier all the time.  Here are some of the common methods of obtaining a gun without a background check. 1. Have someone who can pass the background check buy it for you.  This is illegal to do for someone who is forbidden from possessing guns.  It is known as a straw purchase.  The BATFE says that it is the most common method for criminals to obtain guns.   In most states it...

    04/29/2013 6:18:26 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 39 replies ^ | 4/29/2013 | Awr Hawkins
    Speaking to FOX NEWS' Chris Wallace on April 28, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he is "absolutely" going to bring his gun control bill to the Senate floor for another vote. The bill, the Manchin-Toomey background check 'compromise,' was tabled by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on April 17 after failing to get the votes necessary to pass. And since then, co-sponsor Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has said he's done pushing the gun control bill. And as Wallace pointed out to Manchin, even Democrats have lost interest in it.
  • FBI: Only 0.35% of Gun Purchasers Using Licensed Dealers Were Criminals

    04/17/2013 10:09:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 17, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    The number of individuals who have attempted to purchase a firearm, who have also been convicted of a crime, represents just 0.35% of all background checks completed by the FBI. According to data on the FBI’s website, since November of 1998, just 590,078 individuals who have been “convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year or a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years” have attempted to purchase firearms using the background check system. There have been 167,488,942 background checks completed over the same time period. … Data from the FBI suggest that criminals overwhelmingly do not buy...
  • Universal Background Check And Record Retention Advocates – “It’s Not A Registry”

    04/16/2013 6:23:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 15 April, 2013 | Stranger
    I see that universal background check activists, who also favor permanent record retention, are trying to are trying to discredit talk that either of the Schumer bills will create a registry. It does not matter how the current Schumer bills read. If purchase records are kept those records constitute a gun owner registry. Period. Schumer and his cohorts may claim that a list of gun buyers is not a registry. Chucky may even put language in his bills forbidding a registry. But you can bet your life the next time some “must pass” bill hits the Senate, either Schumer or...
  • The problems of gun checks

    04/16/2013 5:25:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 16 April, 2013 | John Lott
    Everyone wants to keep criminals from getting guns. However, expanded background checks are not the simple answer that Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) think they are. Unfortunately, as the Senate considers the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Toomey is simply wrong to assert: "It's the people who fail a criminal or mental-health background check who we don't want having guns." Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works. Take his claim on Sunday: "Since checks began in 1998, more than 100,000 people who are ineligible to own guns have been denied them each year." Just because...
  • Background checks amount to ‘new tax on guns,’ Coburn insists

    04/16/2013 4:44:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 April, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    The deal senators have struck to expand firearm background checks to all Internet and gun show sales will drive up prices for consumers, weapons retailers say. Manufacturers say the deal, which is the crux of the gun bill that senators will begin debating this week, also includes language that gives background checks for sales at gun shows priority over in-store purchases — something their top trade group says is unfair. -------------cut------------------- But Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who was part of the negotiations with Mr. Toomey before dropping out of the talks, said the record-keeping provisions in the deal...
  • Manchin: Gun Control Bill Wouldn't Have Stopped Newtown

    04/14/2013 4:08:18 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 24 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 4-14-2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Appearing on CBS News' Face the Nation on April 14, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Newtown families have told him they know the bill he and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) have crafted would not have prevented the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary. In other words, Manchin's expanded background check "compromise" bill, being pushed in response to Newtown, does not do anything that would have stopped the Newtown tragedy from happening. Manchin said the families to whom he's spoken just keep urging him to do something in hopes that somewhere down the road new gun control legislation will "prevent one...
  • Coburn Amendment:Breaking the Glass

    04/14/2013 9:31:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 14 April, 2013 | Sebastian
    We suspected from media rumors that there was going to be an, “In the event of gun control, break glass,” strategy from the stronger Republicans. Unfortunately, the Toomey-Manchin deal has given real legs to this issue once again, and given murmurs from the House, including my own Congressman (not surprised), I don’t feel particularly good about the House. Getting a “true conservative” like Toomey on board with the deal, unfortunately, makes a lot of critters think “Well, if Toomey is on board, it must be OK!” And so Senator Tom Coburn floats an alternative that I think would be far...
  • Toomey: Background Checks Are Not Gun Control

    04/10/2013 4:54:19 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 47 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 4-10-2013
    SEN. PAT TOOMEY: I’m a gun owner, and the rights that are enshrined in the Second Amendment are very, very important to me personally, ..... I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control. I think it’s just common sense. If you pass a criminal background check, you get to buy a gun, no problem. It’s the people who fail a criminal or mental health background check that we don’t want having guns.
  • Fact vs. fiction on background checks and the gun control debate

    04/10/2013 2:56:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 9 April, 2013 | John Lott
    Will Senate Democrats be able to end debate on their new gun control bill Tuesday night? President Obama says that it is “not right” to continue the debate. But he might be more afraid that Senators will point out all of his false claims and reveal the gun control bill’s dangers. Mr. Obama got it all backwards in his April 3rd speech in Colorado: "tougher background checks . . . won’t infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners, but will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people." The president kept claiming this week and last week...
  • Biden mocks gun skeptics: ‘We’re going to gather up every gun in America’

    04/09/2013 4:51:43 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 13 replies ^ | April 9, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Biden insisted that there would be no central registry for background checks allowing government to keep records on gun owners. “No way that Uncle Sam can go find out whether you own a gun because we’re about to really take away all your rights and you’re not going to be able to defend yourself and we’re going to swoop down with Special Forces folks and gather up every gun in America,” Biden added mockingly. “It’s bizarre. But that’s what’s being sold out there.”
  • Senators Work on Deal Expanding Background Checks

    04/09/2013 7:46:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 8 April, 2013 | Alan Fram
    (WASHINGTON) — Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama‘s plan for combating gun violence. One possibility being discussed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., would involve expanding background checks to gun show sales and firearms transactions online, Senate aides said. Sales between close relatives and temporary transfers between hunters may be excluded, but an agreement along those lines could give Obama’s guns agenda a significant boost and would be a major expansion...
  • Gabby Giffords falsely implies that her shooter evaded a background check

    04/07/2013 10:54:56 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 62 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 04/07/2013 | Twitchy staff
    Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ op-ed piece is getting a lot of praise on Twitter. This is the part of the piece that caught our attention: What they will do is create one fair system for all gun buyers, instead of the giant loophole we have now. Right now, we have one system where responsible gun owners take a background check — And then we have a second system for those who don’t want to take a background check. Those people — criminals, or people suffering from mental illness, like the young man who shot me — can buy as many...
  • Sen. Coburn Drafts His Own Gun Bill

    04/06/2013 6:33:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 5 April, 2013 | Kristina Peterson
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) is quietly circulating his own proposal for expanding gun-sale background checks, a sign that the conservative lawmaker may be trying to build support outside of long-running bipartisan negotiations on the issue. After struggling for months to reach a deal with Democrats on how to broaden background checks, Mr. Coburn has written a 43-page draft of a bill that wouldn’t require private gun sellers to keep a paper record of the sale, according to a copy of the proposal. Dropping the record-keeping requirement would make it difficult for Democrats to support the bill, according to individuals...
  • Friday Was Full of Good Information on the Failings of "Universal Background Checks"

    04/06/2013 4:51:05 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    First, this from the Heritage Foundation: Addington, head of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, lays out some of the dangers in Reid’s proposal: It effectively puts a new tax on selling or giving away a firearm. It could help criminals figure out where it is easiest to buy guns. It allows for the beginnings of a national gun registry. It makes a missing firearm a ticket to five years in prison. And this one from Dave Kopel on National Review Online that explains how Chuck Schumer's "Fix Gun Checks Act" is based on "model language"...
  • Mark Kelly's Video Failed To Show He Was Denied Handgun Purchase, Too

    04/04/2013 10:50:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 3 April, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Breitbart News can now report that although Gabby Giffords' husband Mark Kelly successfully purchased a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun from Diamondback Police Supply on March 5, the gun store had denied his attempts to buy a handgun approximately two weeks before that. According to sources, when Kelly first came into Diamondback Police Supply in February he tried to use a Texas ID to buy a handgun and was denied. Then, thirteen days later--on March 5-- Kelly walked back into the gun store with an Arizona ID that he used to purchase a handgun. He posted a video of that purchase...
  • Bloomberg Anti-Freedom Commercial will Fall Flat

    03/24/2013 3:06:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Anti-freedom politicians have a history of overreaching on guns. They think they can fool the stupid country rubes by picking up a shotgun and asking "can I get me a hunting license here?", the image of Diane Feinstein with her finger inside the trigger guard of an AK47 variant, and various political figures picking up guns just prior to elections. Mayor Bloomberg Bloomberg is attempting to do the same with his 12 million dollar buy of commercials pushing for universal gun registration (also known as Universal Background Checks) in 13 states. Here is one of the advertisements. In the advertisement,...
  • Most people trying to buy a gun illegally are never prosecuted, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says

    03/23/2013 8:04:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 22 March, 2013 | Jake Berry
    Before Congress enacts any new gun control laws, the nation’s law enforcement officers and courts should better enforce the regulations they have on the books now, according to U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. In a meeting with the Telegraph editorial board, New Hampshire’s junior senator took aim last month at the national background check system, which does not go far enough prosecuting those who illegally try to obtain weapons, she said. "Of approximately 80,000 in 2012 that were denied (a gun) because of a background check … only 44 people were prosecuted for that," Ayotte said during the February 19 meeting.
  • Colorado lawmakers pass universal gun purchase background checks

    03/15/2013 5:02:14 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/15/2013 | Keith Coffman, Dan Whitcomb
    Colorado lawmakers passed a bill on Friday to mandate universal background checks for all gun buyers in a state that has experienced two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, a spokesman for majority Colorado House Democrats said....The legislation now awaits the signature of Governor John Hickenlooper for final approval.
  • Star Parker: Background checks won't make us safer

    03/09/2013 7:54:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9 March, 2013 | Atar Parker
    <p>In April 2007, a mentally disturbed student showed up at the campus of his school, Virginia Tech, brandishing two semi-automatic pistols. He murdered 32 students, teachers and school employees and wounded 17 others before taking his own life.</p> <p>It was the one of deadliest mass shooting incidents in American history.</p>
  • Background check breakdown, local and federal

    03/08/2013 4:56:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 March, 2013 | Dave Workman
    Days after it appeared that a proposed expansion of the background check had hit a major speed bump in Olympia, a similar proposal before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has also run into trouble as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has refused to make a deal on the measure because it contains a record-keeping provision. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, had agreed to negotiate with state lawmakers over so-called “universal background check” legislation, but his conditions included no record-keeping, and more importantly, the state pistol registry would have to be...
  • WA:Background check bill could die; police lobby opposes one tenet

    03/02/2013 7:19:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 March, 2013 | Dave Workman
    A controversial bill aimed at expanding background checks in exchange for major concessions to gun owners in Washington State could be in trouble, not because of opposition from gun rights groups, or legislative liberals, but because of resistance from the law enforcement administrators' lobby to one of the key provisions. Alan Gottlieb with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, both pilloried and praised within the firearms community recently, told Examiner late Friday that the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) is opposed to a tenet of the proposed substitute House Bill 1588 that...
  • Lott: Obama’s proposals won’t reduce gun violence

    02/21/2013 6:22:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 February, 2012 | John Lott
    Warning that we need to “get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets,” in his State of the Union, Obama kept repeating congress must vote on the three types of gun bills he supports. The most obvious thing that was left out of the talk was that none of the laws now being proposed would have done anything to stop the various attacks that Obama cited as justifying the laws. Nor does the evidence show that the previous Assault Weapon Ban from 1994 to 2004 reduced crime. Were some of the killers mentally ill? Undoubtedly, “yes,” but...
  • Gun Murders Shot Up 25% After Missouri Repealed Universal Background Check Law(barf alert)

    02/15/2013 7:36:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 15 February, 2013 | Ashley Portero
    Universal background checks before gun purchases can have an enormous impact on reducing firearm-related deaths, according to testimony presented before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Missouri, the site of President Barack Obama’s recent gun control speech, had a firm “permit-to-purchase” law in place until 2007, when it was repealed. The law -- which both the Missouri Sport Shooting Association and NRA helped overturn -- required Missouri residents to obtain a sheriff’s permit before purchasing a concealable weapon. Control... Groupon Ends Gun-Related Deals After Sandy Hook Massacre Groupon Ends Gun-Related Deals After... Sponsored Link Image Ad AT&T® Official Site...
  • Do background checks on guns really work? Critics AND supporters say ‘No’

    01/28/2013 6:04:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 27 January, 2013 | Staff
    Both supporters and critics of the federal background check system for gun buyers say the system is flawed. Supporters argue the system is filled with holes and impeded by a lack of cooperation from state governments, while critics warn that even if the system were perfected it would in no way reduce gun violence. Now politicians and those with a stake in the outcome are looking for ways to improve the vetting process for Americans who want to purchase firearms.
  • It’s Not 1994 Anymore

    01/24/2013 6:32:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 23 January, 2013 | pdb
    In case you haven’t been keeping up with Sebastian and Bitter, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show decided to cave to the sudden anti-gun political pressure and prohibit exhibitors from displaying any politically-incorrect rifles or equipment: As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment. However, this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this...
  • Firearm dealers told to ignore federal law, begin de facto registration of gun owners

    01/19/2013 10:38:52 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 63 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/19/13 | Doug Book
    Barack Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has sent an open letter to all Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders/licensed gun dealers in the United States, recommending they “…enhance public safety and assist law enforcement by encouraging and facilitating transfers of firearms between private individuals through their business.” In short, FFL holders are being told to perform background checks and keep records of private gun sales between American citizens, EVEN THOUGH federal law may NOT require that they do so! (1) According to current federal law, gun sales between private individuals must be...
  • Background check obama (Gun Appriciation Day 1-19)

    01/18/2013 1:27:40 PM PST · by chrisnj · 7 replies
    chrisnj | 1/18/2013 | Chrisnj
    For gun appreciation day (1/19), the following sign will hit 2 birds with 1 stone - BACKGROUND CHECK OBAMA! How dare he demand background-check on us when his background was NEVER checked! They don't want to background-check obama, then they cannot background check We the people! In 1 sign we We challenge obama's legitimacy and his illegal moves to take away our right to bear arms!
  • PA Background Check System Being Updated (Vanity)

    01/17/2013 3:59:55 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 4 replies
    Vanity | January 17, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    Today I saw the proposal/purchase information for the modernization of PICS, which is the background check computer system run by the Pennsylvania State Police. (PA doesn't use the national system). What I learned was interesting. First, the current system is not connected to any mental health records. The new system will be. Second, nearly $500,000 will be spent on the new system. That is the initial price tag, but given it is government, it will probably be double, if not triple.
  • Banning Private Sales Costs Lives (Published Study)

    01/18/2013 9:23:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    In a paper published in 2008, comparing highly regulated Californian gun shows with relatively unregulated Texas gun shows, there was no statistical difference in suicide rates, but the Texas shows, with far less regulation, showed a statistically significant drop in the homicide rate. From the study: "But our results provide little evidence of a gun show-induced increase in mortality in Texas. In fact, we find that in the two weeks following a gun show, the average number of gun homicides declines in the area surrounding the gun show. Aggregating across all gun shows in the state, we find that there...
  • Biden to NRA: We 'don’t have the time' to prosecute people who lie on background checks

    01/17/2013 10:05:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/13 | Caroline May
    During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said that the administration did not have the time to prosecute existing gun laws. Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words to The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.” Submitting false information on...