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  • NICS Checks in the Trump Era Break May Record

    06/09/2017 6:41:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The NICS checks for May, 2017 were 1,942,677.  That is a new record for May. The next highest was in 2016, 1,870,000. It is obvious from the overlap of the red bar and the blue line in the chart. The National Instant Criminal background check System  (NICS) checks continue to confound expectations. Instead of a continual fall during the Trump administration, there was a one time drop in January of 2017 followed by a seasonally adjusted rise that has broken the record for May. The May 2017 checks are just under 104% of the previous record, set in 2016....
  • NICS Background Checks Rebounding in the Trump Era

    05/05/2017 2:29:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The NICS checks for April, 2017 were 2,045,564.  That is the second highest number of NICS checks for any April. The highest was in 2016, with 2,145,865. The third highest April was in 2014, with 1,742,946.  Both of those were driven by fear of strong gun control measures that might be passed by President Obama.  The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks has finished its first four months. It was anticipated that firearm sales and NICS checks would drop with a Trump presidency. It has not happened as expected. NICS checks remain unexpectedly...
  • Nevadans for Background Checks shifting blame for its $20M mistake

    05/03/2017 10:33:27 AM PDT · by VegasVictor · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | May 2, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    It’s much easier to look for a scapegoat than admit you made a $20 million mistake. That’s what Nevadans for Background Checks tried to do during a Friday news conference that called on Attorney General Adam Laxalt to enforce its background-check initiative. Last fall’s Question 1 ballot initiative mandated background checks for private-party gun sales and transfers. The initiative writers could have required that Nevada perform the background checks for those transactions. Instead, they required licensed dealers to do them through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. “The reason it was written saying that NICS was going to...
  • NM: "Universal Background Checks" Stopped in New Mexico Legislature

    03/22/2017 4:16:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Bloomberg has continued to pump money into state politics to find ways to infringe on the Second Amendment. His latest attempt was stopped in New Mexico on Monday, 13 March, 2017.  A key vote against the measure came form Representative Eliseo Alcon (D) Milan. From nmpolitics.com: A legislative committee on Monday effectively killed a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — an issue that drew large crowds to the Capitol as well as big campaign contributions and intense lobbying and advertising. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to table House Bill 548 after a lengthy hearing....
  • Changes to Social Security Gun Background Check Rule

    03/04/2017 6:08:16 PM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 4, 2017 | Paul Orgel & John R Lott Jr
    Changes to Social Security Gun Background Check Rule John Lott talked about the Trump administration’s decision to roll back an Obama administration rule on background checks for gun purchases. Video https://www.c-span.org/video/?424766-4/washington-journal-john-lott-discusses-background-checks-gun-purchases
  • Newly Disclosed Hack Got ‘Crown Jewels’ (Federal SF-86 forms)

    06/12/2015 8:18:27 PM PDT · by kristinn · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | Updated 10:51 p.m. EDT Friday, June 12, 2015 | David Perera and Joseph Marks
    Hackers have breached a database containing a wealth of sensitive information from federal employees’ security background checks, the Obama administration said Friday — news that experts say could deal a devastating blow to U.S. intelligence gathering. The revelations came just a week after officials disclosed a previous massive cyber intrusion into the same federal personnel office, compromising records of more than 4 million current and past employees in a breach that administration officials have privately blamed on Chinese hackers. The stolen records in the hack disclosed Friday included data on intelligence and military personnel, The Associated Press reported. A senior...
  • Six White House staffers fired after failing security test

    02/16/2017 6:14:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/16/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    The White House dismissed six aides on Thursday after the staffers failed FBI background checks. Some of the aides were physically "walked out of the building by security" a day earlier. Those affected had failed the SF86, a Questionnaire for National Security Positions used to determine whether a government employee is eligible for a security clearance. The test takes into consideration a person's credit score, substance use and various personal subjects. Caroline Wiles was among the six escorted off the property. Wiles worked as Trump's scheduling director and is the daughter of Susan Wiles, who managed Trump's Florida campaign. Wiles...
  • Senate votes to block rule on guns and mentally impaired

    02/15/2017 8:08:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 15, 2017 11:05 AM EST
    The Republican-led Senate has voted to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The 57 to 43 vote to revoke the regulation now sends the measure to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. …
  • Nevada Gun Control Referendum Ruled Unenforceable

    01/20/2017 6:09:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ammoland ^ | 20 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The FBI has stated that it cannot and will not comply with the mandate prescribed by the “universal background check” referendum that was passed in November in Nevada.  The referendum was Ballot Question 1, a complicated eight page referendum that required private sales to be conducted through federally licensed dealers. From the Nevada Secretary of State archive.org: You can see that explicitly in subparagraph 3., the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, (NICS) is required to do the check, and *not* the Central Repository in Nevada, as is done according to Nevada law, currently. Nevada law allowed...
  • "Universal Background Checks" may Increase Firearms Suicide

    11/23/2016 4:58:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While firearm studies by medical journals have been notoriously anti-Second Amendment, this interesting bit comes from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore. Michael Bloomberg gave the school 300 million dollars specifically to target "gun violence" and other issues.  Bloomberg's fanatical advocacy of political gun control has tainted "research" that comes from the school.  When the researchers found that gun control laws could have unintended consequences, they did not advocate for repeal of those laws. From foxnews.com: The research team looked at what happens when people want to temporarily remove firearms from their home because they fear...
  • Sowell: The Left and the Masses

    10/17/2016 3:28:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 18, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves. One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned. This is said to be to help ex-cons get a job after they have served their time, and ex-cons are often either poor or black, or both. First of all, many of the left's policies to...
  • September 2016 Continues Record Breaking Gun Sales/NICS Background Checks

    10/10/2016 5:30:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In September, 2016 continued on its record breaking pace to become the year with the most gun sales ever.  September has maintained the pace from August. Both months broke records, but by a lower percentage than the rest of 2016.  The 2016 NICS checks are far ahead of those for 2015, the previous record holder. In 2015, the total NICS checks for the year were 23,141,970 .  In 2015, through September, they were 15,607,587 1,992,219 checks were done in September, 2016 making 19,872,694 checks done for 2016 so far.  2016 is about two months ahead of the 2015 record. ...
  • Guns, the Second Amendment and what you should hear from Clinton and Trump

    10/09/2016 6:19:57 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    At this Sunday’s town-hall style presidential debate the public is able to vote for their favorite questions. The ABC News and CNN moderators plan on using the 30 questions that receive the most votes. Largely because of efforts by gun control organizations, the current top two questions are both on gun control. The first is, “Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales?” and the second is, "How will you ensure the 2nd amendment is protected?” By Sunday morning at this writing, those questions had received 73,844 and 64,041 votes, respectively, well ahead of the third-place question...
  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

    09/20/2016 6:35:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 29 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | September 19, 2016 5:30 am | Jason Miller
    In less than two weeks, the Office of Personnel Management is expected to launch the new background investigation service to help fix the mess created by a series of incidents ranging from a lack of contractor oversight to the massive data breach affecting 21.5 million current and former federal employees. Officials promise the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will be a much different organization than its predecessor, the Federal Investigative Services. “It will have a politically appointed director, will be headquartered in D.C. and be a full member of the Performance Accountability Council, so it aligns with customers for increased...
  • July Gun Sales Crush Previous Record (2.2 million checks)

    08/02/2016 3:10:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    The number of gun-related background checks performed in July far exceeded those of any previous July, newly released numbers from the FBI show. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed nearly 2.2 million checks last month. That represents an increase of almost 600,000 checks over the previous record set last year. It is also an increase of more than a million checks over July 2011. The July record is the latest in a string of 15 record-setting months for firearm background checks. July also saw an increase over June’s numbers as the gun industry’s seasonal lull comes...
  • 6 states don't require background checks for nurses

    06/29/2016 6:21:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Becker's Healthcare ^ | June 27, 2016 | Tamara Rosin
    Nurses with convictions for crimes of violence, sexual offenses and drug thefts are able to evade detection in six states, which have far fewer protections in place than most states when it comes to licensing healthcare workers ... While candidates for jobs such as massage therapists or private investigators are required to submit a fingerprint for checks against state and FBI conviction records, the nurse licensing systems in Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont, Maine and Hawaii rely on self-disclosure and complaints. The porous process allows nurses disqualified from obtaining licensure in other states to obtain a license in one of...
  • Reporter's Attempt to Show Ease of Buying an Assault Rifle Backfires

    06/26/2016 11:14:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 22, 2016 | 6:50 PM EDT | Randy Hall
    Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he said, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. When he bought the gun, Steinberg planned to sell it back to the store. However, his purchase was stopped by the gun store, which canceled the transaction during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period after discovering he had lied on his background check about his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. In his article, Steinberg admitted that while...
  • Americans Continue to Buy Guns in Record Numbers

    06/14/2016 7:46:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 55 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2016, Americans continue to break records for gun sales.  While the National Instant Check System (NICS) does not track gun sales directly, the numbers are highly correlated. The numbers of NICS checks, and the increase in private firearms, have skyrocketed during the Obama administration.The total for 2016 through the end of May is 11,698,006 instant checks. That is more than the entire year of 2007, which held the record up to that year. Thus, during the Obama years, the number of private firearm sales has doubled.  In 2015, the highest year on record, the total number of checks...
  • Hillary Rips Obama White House Hiring Process: Ridiculous, Nightmare (Swiftboating Zero?)

    07/13/2009 1:04:29 PM PDT · by Ocarterma · 50 replies · 2,269+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 07/13/09 | Newsmax
    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is blaming an exhaustive White House vetting process for the fact that the Obama administration has not yet named a person to run the U.S. Agency for International Development. Six months into the administration's tenure without having appointed someone to the agency's top spot, Clinton told USAID employees on Monday that several people had turned down the job due to overly burdensome financial and personal disclosure requirements that she called a "nightmare," "frustrating beyond words" and "ridiculous."
  • DOJ to nix ‘felon,’ ‘convict’ terms deemed stigmatizing

    05/07/2016 11:20:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/5/16 | Cody Derespina /foxnews
    A Justice Department division will no longer refer to people released from prison as “felons” or “convicts” because of the stigmatizing effects of the terms, an agency official announced in a Washington Post editorial Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT Instead, Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason said the “disparaging labels” will be replaced by “person who committed a crime” or “individual who was incarcerated.” The new lexicon is set to be utilized in “speeches, solicitations, website content and social media posts” emanating from the Office of Justice Programs. “I have come to believe that we have a responsibility to reduce not only the physical...