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Texas county gun show shuts down rather than implement background checks

A gun show held about once a month near Austin ends in January after county commissioners and the show management failed to come to terms over a county demand for federal background checks on all gun sales. The Saxet Gun Shows in Travis County have been held in the county’s…

Obama administration proposes new gun restrictions for the mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal gun control rules Friday to ensure more information about the mentally ill reaches background check databases, after a series of high-profile US shootings. The rules come on top of a series of executive actions President Barack Obama announced after the Newtown, Connecticut school…

Republican rep. demands background checks for Obamacare but opposes them for guns

A Republican lawmaker who has called background checks on guns a “knee-jerk reaction” to mass shootings slammed President Barack Obama’s health care reform law on Sunday for not providing background checks on the workers hired as “Navigators” to help Americans understand the law. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) told MSNBC’s Alex…

Navy moves to tighten security after last week’s Aaron Alexis shooting rampage

The US Navy said Monday it is pushing for more rigorous background checks after a review showed gaps in the case of a former sailor who went on a shooting rampage last week. Officials acknowledged that the Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, did not disclose an arrest or a number…

Illinois governor Pat Quinn signs new ‘background checks’ law: ‘Guns are a plague on too many of our communities’

Private gun sales in Illinois must now be approved by state police under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn (D) on Sunday. WGN-TV reported that as of January 1, 2014, the law will require gun sellers to contact a police hotline to confirm that the buyer holds a valid…

Thousands now using online gun sales to avoid background checks: report

Online gun sales have become a haven for buyers looking to avoid background checks, leading gun safety advocates concerned they are becoming more of a problem than sales at private gun shows, according to a new report by a progressive think tank, the Washington Post reported on Monday. “At this…

Newtown victim’s sister becomes gun control ‘accidental activist’

By Edith Honan (Reuters) – Jillian Soto was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a New England highway when she learned over Facebook that her older sister Vicky, a first-grade teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, had died in a shooting. In the six months since, Soto said she has become an accidental…

U.S. employment commission: Some criminal background checks are racist

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) filed lawsuits on Tuesday alleging that automaker BMW and budget grocery store chain Family Dollar discriminated against African American employees and applicants by denying them work based upon the results of criminal background checks. The agency said in an advisory that while background…

Ted Nugent’s brother: Gun control ‘will get done’ without the NRA

In an editorial published Sunday afternoon, Jeffrey Nugent, brother of National Rifle Association chairman Ted Nugent, explained that he and his brother have dramatically differing views on gun control and warned that the nation is moving toward regulating firearms with or without the NRA. Specifically, the Detroit-born rocker’s brother came…

Gun lobby funded all but three senators who voted against background checks

All but three of the 45 senators who torpedoed gun control measures in Congress on Wednesday have received money from firearms lobbyists, according to new analysis by the Guardian and the Sunlight Foundation. Some, such as Indiana Republican Dan Coats, registered donations from pro-shooting groups as recently as three weeks…

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